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Per Roll Call, here's Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear on Ashley Judd's potential candidacy for the U.S. Senate:

http://atr.rollcall.com/...

Democratic Kentucky Gov. Steven L. Beshear said Thursday that actress Ashley Judd would make a “very serious candidate” for Senate, according to a cn|2 video.

“I talked to Ashley Judd during the Kentucky Ball that was part of the inaugural ceremonies in Washington in January,” Beshear said. “And then she’s been trying to arrange, and will be arranging, some more conversations here in the next month or so.”

Judd, a Democrat, is considering a run against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Most recently, she indicated an increasing seriousness about a campaign by reportedly meeting with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and dining with top Democrats in Louisville, Ky.

But some Kentucky Democrats fear Judd would be a drag on their ticket.

Asked if he would be supportive of a Judd bid against McConnell, Beshear noted there were other potential candidates.

“There are a number of people who are still talking about running for the U.S. Senate, and I think she would be a very serious candidate, and there may be others that would be also,” Beshear said. “But I’m going to encourage as many as possible to take a look at it.”

The governor, currently serving his second term, lost his bid against McConnell in 1996.

Yeah, Steve Beshear knows a thing or two about challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.   He actually did so himself in 1996 and lost.  Perhaps Beshear isn't too fond of Mitch McConnell and I don't blame him.

Support from Governor Beshear would really help Ashley Judd's candidacy as he's a very popular Governor in Kentucky and has high approval ratings.

However, going back to a New York Times article which I cited in another Ashley Judd diary I did a couple of days ago, Judd can even win voters easily by being genuine and not a "No" person all the time like Mitch McConnell is:

http://www.nytimes.com/...

But those attack lines might not prove as potent as Mr. McConnell’s supporters hope, judging by conversations with voters in here in Ashland. Even discounting a tendency to support a local girl made good, the city of 22,000 on the Ohio River is the embodiment of many Kentucky communities, a onetime Democratic stronghold whose voters feel the national party has drifted too far left.

Still, many residents said Ms. Judd’s character, which they admired, was more important than her politics.

“She may be a little too liberal for me,” said Janice Taylor, a 71-year-old retiree. But neither was she a fan of Mr. McConnell’s.

“I’ve got tired of him,” she said. “He’s always against everything.”

Perry Dalton, 67, who retired from the AK Steel plant in Ashland, said he was a Republican but liked Ms. Judd because she was not a typical politician.

“I know she wants to come back to help her state, her community, just from her heart,” said Mr. Dalton, holding the hand of a granddaughter before a ride on an electric indoor train at the Town Center mall. “I know she’s more liberal than me. But honesty is more important to me than anything.”

Joan Christian, 42, a hospital technician, said she previously voted for Mr. McConnell but would not rule out Ms. Judd even because of her current residence out of state.

“I think she’s as qualified as anyone,” Ms. Christian said. “She was an educated professional woman before she was an actress.”

This isn't Ben Affleck being considered for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.  This is real.  Ashley Judd may in fact be the first woman actress running for or at least being elected to Congress since Shirley Black (aka Shirley Temple), who ran for Congress in 1967 but was unsuccessful in winning.  Shirley Black of course is a Republican but perhaps a more traditional Republican than a modern day, Tea Party type of Republican.    She was also a representative to the UN General Assembly, US Ambassador to Ghana and US Ambassador to Czechoslovakia.  Serving on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee would be a great start for Ashley Judd as she's got a lot of international awareness and experience:


But of course, Judd also has fire in her belly so that works too.

Now Judd may decide not to run and that's up to her but I can guarantee you there won't be a single Democrat running in Kentucky who will be able to fire up crowds or bases like Judd can.

Let's give the DSCC some love:

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Phone (202) 224-2447
Fax (202) 969-0354
For general information email info@dscc.org

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Originally posted to pipsorcle on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 02:58 PM PST.

Also republished by Knowledge Democrats.

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  •  This is great to hear! Steve Beshear is the most (5+ / 0-)

    popular politician in the state and hearing him say this makes Judd's potential candidacy more legit.  Thanks for posting!

    Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

    by poopdogcomedy on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:13:17 PM PST

  •  If McConnell loses GOP nomination to a Teabagger (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Gordon20024

    we're in business. Ashley vs. some yahoo in the vein of Akin or Mourdock? Yeah I like that matchup.

    Take the fight to them. Don't let them bring it to you. - Harry S Truman

    by jgoodfri on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:14:12 PM PST

  •  I guess George Clooney isn't a good possiblity? (1+ / 0-)
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    elwior

    Nothing against Judd, and it would be great to have another woman in the Senate.  But McConnell couldn't criticize Clooney for not being enough of a Kentuckian!

    Give your heart a real workout! Love your enemies!

    by moonbatlulu on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:18:41 PM PST

    •  He commented on that a while back (1+ / 0-)
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      poopdogcomedy

      He says he has too much in his past.  

      Link

      The Hollywood star, who has campaigned tirelessly for the people of Sudan, said he wasn't squeaky clean and his past could come back to haunt him if he ever held office.

      'I didn't live my life in the right way for politics, you knowI f***ed too many chicks and did too many drugs, and that's the truth,' he said.

      Both Judd and Clooney would make fantastic senators, but George doesn't want to do it.

      Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

      by Betty Pinson on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:35:21 PM PST

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  •  Judd could really take it to McConnell over (1+ / 0-)
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    ichibon

    the minimum wage and McConnell not wanting to raise it.   If no other Kentucky Democrat wants to run, and if some Kentucky Democrats can get a minimum wage raise on the ballot, Judd would do better to have that linked with her, and McConnell linked against it as Rachel Maddow showed last night that the minimum wage gets close to 70% in red states.

    So please Kentucky Democrats, see if you can get the minimum wage on the Kentucky ballot in 2014.

    I agree with President Obama, our country's journey is not yet complete. We must continue the work that our forebearers at Seneca Falls started, and put the Equal Rights Amendment into our Constitution.

    by pistolSO on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:36:35 PM PST

  •  Most of the people (3+ / 0-)
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    Ditch Mitch KY, ichibon, LordMike

    In my county are convinced if minimum wage goes up, they will get fired. At this point I'd vote for my dog and cat over Paul and McConnell. I'm tired of the pair of them taking turns on who gets to make Kentucky look stupid today.

    They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.

    by Shippo1776 on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 04:37:55 PM PST

  •  She's the GOP's preferred candidate (0+ / 0-)

    And with Andy Barr's seat as well as the state house on the line, we had better not fall for her. It would be better to nominate a nobody than to drive up GOP turnout (plus turn off conservative Dems). A wealthy businessperson, state legislator or statewide officeholder would be much more electorally viable.

    ME-01 (college) ID-01 (home) -9.85, -3.85

    by GoUBears on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 06:44:50 PM PST

    •  On the contrary, Judd is a fighter (0+ / 0-)

      The GOP is so stupid they don't even know what they're looking at.  Their credibility is going down so fast, it's not even funny.

      Believe me but 2014 is not going to be 2010 by any means.  The GOP brand right now sticks like rotten carcass.  

      And in case you may have not seen in previous diaries I've written on Judd, she's a fighter and it isn't as cut and dry as you think it is.

      We're not dealing with 2014 anymore.  The GOP's machine is not as strong as it used to be and there's serious infighting going on.  

      But the point is, not a single Democrat has jumped into the Kentucky U.S. Senate race and given the current state of the Democratic Party there, which isn't even progressive at all, Ashley Judd would inject new energy into the U.S. Senate race that wasn't already there.

      And believe me, she'd kill Mitch McConnell in the debates.  I really don't understand why there's so much fear but maybe it's because we fear too much that Judd will just wimp out.  Don't think she's the kind of person that would though.

    •  On the contrary, Judd is a fighter (0+ / 0-)

      The GOP is so stupid they don't even know what they're looking at.  Their credibility is going down so fast, it's not even funny.

      Believe me but 2014 is not going to be 2010 by any means.  The GOP brand right now sticks like rotten carcass.  

      And in case you may have not seen in previous diaries I've written on Judd, she's a fighter and it isn't as cut and dry as you think it is.

      We're not dealing with 2014 anymore.  The GOP's machine is not as strong as it used to be and there's serious infighting going on.  

      But the point is, not a single Democrat has jumped into the Kentucky U.S. Senate race and given the current state of the Democratic Party there, which isn't even progressive at all, Ashley Judd would inject new energy into the U.S. Senate race that wasn't already there.

      And believe me, she'd kill Mitch McConnell in the debates.  I really don't understand why there's so much fear but maybe it's because we fear too much that Judd will just wimp out.  Don't think she's the kind of person that would though.

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