Throwdown? Ashley Judd vs. Mitch McConnell for Senate?

Posted: Nov 09, 2012 7:34 AM

Actress and lefty activist Ashley Judd has long been a vocal supporter of President Obama; one look at her Twitter feed could tell you that. Now, some have speculated that she's mulling a run against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his Kentucky seat in 2014 -- and she doesn't deny it. Her statement to the Louisville Courier-Journal indicates that we might see the most high-profile Senate candidate since Al Franken (D-MN):

“I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I’m very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election, so let’s focus on coming together to keep moving America’s families, and especially our kids, forward,” Judd said in a statement released by her publicist.

Judd is being touted by Democrats as a possible opponent for McConnell, the Senate minority leader who will be running for a sixth term.

“If you had an Ashley Judd-McConnell race, I think it would be as high profile a race as Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown,” U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville said in an interview Wednesday, referring to the Senate race in Massachusetts.

Democrats like the idea of the fundraising power she could generate, although that same article notes that her opposition to coal mining could get her in trouble in a state that still relies on the industry. But as she even noted, the 2012 election is barely over. Thankfully, we have some time before this story really develops.