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Source below per Huffington Post:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Ashley Judd, the 44-year-old actress and social activist, has told key advisers and political figures that she is planning to announce her candidacy for U.S. Senate here this spring.

Judd told one close ally that she plans to announce her run for the Democratic nomination for the 2014 race “around Derby” -- meaning in early May when the Kentucky Derby brings national attention to Louisville and the Bluegrass State.

Reached for comment by email Saturday, Judd offered a not-quite-ironclad denial to The Huffington Post. “I am not sure who is saying this stuff, but it is not I! I’d prefer as a fan of your journalism that you stay accurate and credible. We told everyone who called us yesterday these stories are fabrications.”

But she declined to specify which "stories,” did not say what wasn't "accurate,” and did not respond when asked directly whether she had, in fact, decided to run or chosen a time to declare her intentions.

“I know she knows she has to declare soon,” said one source, a highly placed elected official who declined to be identified because he was discussing private plans.

"She could always change her mind," he added. "I changed my mind twice before I finally declared. But as of now it is a done deal.” She has discussed her plans, sources say, with former Gov. Wendell H. Ford, the 88-year-old dean of Kentucky Democrats, among others.

At this point, I'd say the chances of Ashley Judd running are 87%, unless of course she feels now may not be the right time.

However, being that the Kentucky Democratic Party really can't get its act together, let alone be a real Democratic Party in general, I think it's Judd who really has the fire in her belly and will pretty much be the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate.  Apparently the name Alison Grimes is floating but really, it's just floating.  There's really no one who is man or woman enough to even go against Mitch McConnell.  Why?  Because they're scared.

But Ashley Judd isn't scared.  In fact, it seems she's ready to take on Mitch McConnell from Day 1:

Judd made her intentions clear at a private dinner last month at Brown's Louisville home. Asked if she was tough enough to take on McConnell and the GOP national attack machine, Judd reportedly answered, “I have been raped twice, so I think I can handle Mitch McConnell.”
Judging from the following videos, there's no question Ashley Judd is a tough woman.  She's been through a lot in her life yet still manages to be a knowledgeable, passionate and beautiful at the same time while still being a fighter for progressive causes.  She's another Elizabeth Warren.

Aside from this, Judd has backing from Rep. John Yarmuth, the one lone Democratic Congressman in Kentucky and from the looks of everything, looks like all the most prominent Democrats in the state are focused on 2015.

Judd has some prominent backers in the state, led by Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville; Christy Brown, whose family controls the Brown-Forman distilling fortune; and Brown’s son-in-law Matthew Barzun, the former ambassador to Sweden (and probable future ambassador to the United Kingdom), who was Obama’s finance chairman in the 2012 campaign.

Normally a candidate such as Judd would have to fight through a difficult field of seasoned, and generally more conservative, Kentucky Democrats. But several of them are focused instead on the governor’s race in 2015, and others doubt whether they could beat the experienced and tough McConnell.

The Kentucky Democratic establishment gathered in Owensboro Wednesday night at a banquet -- headlined by former President Bill Clinton -- in Ford’s honor and much of the private talk centered on which Democrat, if any, could mount a primary challenge against Judd, whose candidacy many of them fear.

“We don’t really have anybody,” said one.

The most likely alternative is Alison Lundergan Grimes, the 34-year-old secretary of state. The well-connected daughter of former Democratic state chairman Jerry Lundergan, Grimes is polite, earnest and cautious. She recently worked to ensure that Kentuckians in the military serving abroad could vote electronically.

Her father was a prominent Clinton supporter, and the former president took time in Owensboro to privately advise Grimes and her father after the Ford event.

Of course, as I've cited in previous diaries, an Ashley Judd candidacy is probably what is needed so that the citizens of Kentucky get a real U.S. Senator, instead of the bozo clown Mitch McConnell, who seems to at this point in his life be nothing more than an old fart.

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.”

At this point, I think we have another fighter in our mist and if we need at one reason why we must keep our eyes on November 2014, Ashley Judd serves as a reminder why we need to keep our eye on the ball.

Ready for Judd to become Senator Ashley Judd?  She's our Shirley Black!


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  •  Poser: Which would see more GOP slime: Ashley (2+ / 0-)
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    ms scarlett leadpipe, elwior

    Judd for Kentucky Senate or Hillary for President?

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 06:16:49 PM PST

  •  I hope she runs and I hope she's a real good (7+ / 0-)


    She can run on a "get the established Washington insiders out of there!" platform, and people will listen.

    And here opponent won't really have much if anything to use against her. What are they going to say? "Her performance was flat in 'Norma Jean and Marilyn'"?

    They're not a serious party anymore. -Kos

    by thenekkidtruth on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 06:24:40 PM PST

  •  How beautiful would it be to take out Turtle? (9+ / 0-)

    I think we found this cycle's Warren!

  •  I just visited her page, how wonderful to (4+ / 0-)

    encounter a firm concern for mental health services and their expansion in a civilized society, by a woman who may make a serious move to run for the senate in the US congress.    Her opponent is the senator most associated with;   Obama must be denied a second term!!  There is no other contender for chief GOP obstructionist, to compare to him.  How can Ms. Judd improve on this stance or would she also be oppositional to the president or will you chose to run against, Wash. DC. or what hve you?

  •  Ashley Judd 10 generation Kentuckian. (5+ / 0-)

    Her grandfather palled around with Daniel Boone.

    guns are fun v. hey buddy, watch what you are doing -- which side are you on?

    by 88kathy on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 06:40:44 PM PST

  •  She'd change the Senate by 1/100th, just (2+ / 0-)
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    ms scarlett leadpipe, patbahn

    like Elisabeth Warren.

  •  KY here (5+ / 0-)
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    freerad, elwior, patbahn, Patango, Pinto Pony

    You all know Rove is scared Judd will run with the attack ads.

    Eastern Kentucky miners will not vote for her due to the possibility of losing the rest of the coal mining industry.

    Of course people are saying she's from Tennessee, not eligible to run here- I really don't know where that came from- but haven't watched Roves ads either.

    Us dems will support and vote for her if she decides to toss that hat.

    My two cents.

  •  I'm excited. (3+ / 0-)
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    elwior, cosette, Pinto Pony

    I hope she runs and wins!

  •  if she didn't focus test off the hook (2+ / 0-)
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    Pinto Pony, ms scarlett leadpipe

    There is no way they would be talking about her now.
    THey are trying to shape a message because they are terrified of her.

    She probably focustests as "Pretty, Likable, Girl next door, Role Model, Strong, kind, smart, popular"  so they are trying to shape her.

    She should stop messing around, and just get out in Kentucky, have a couple of aides, don't declare but just start doing
    "An evening with Ashley Judd", where she sings a bit,
    tells a story of her childhood, or a bit of a bio thing,

    Just get out and tell the story.

    if she does that in the most rural parts of the state, she can carry the battle deep into the home turf in the hills and valleys.

  •  The biggest difference between Republicans (0+ / 0-)

    and Democrats is that Republicans are scared to death of the people they label "loons." Democrats want nothing more than their loons to run for higher office.

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 08:58:15 PM PST

  •  I'm on a limited income, (0+ / 0-)

    but still, my first question is, "where do I send money?"

    Does anyone know?

    The world is a den of thieves and night is falling. -Ingmar Bergman

    by Pirogue on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 06:29:02 AM PDT

  •  Say Hello to Senator McConnell for 6 more yrs (0+ / 0-)

    Her candidacy seems to be a more experimental thing: can a liberal woman from the entertainment indistry win in a solidly red state?  I can't believe there are people on here who actually believe she will win.  Al Franken barely won in Minnesota in a heavily Democratic year and ran far behind Obama in Minnesota.  Oh well...

    Take care of all humanity as if they were your brothers and sisters.

    by skidrow on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 07:48:47 AM PDT

    •  You're looking at things so generally (0+ / 0-)

      The point is, it's not so much that Ashley Judd is a celebrity or that she's liberal but that she's authentic and can win over a lot of women voters in Kentucky, particularly noting that Judd herself was raped twice in her life and knows what real drama is like for women, particularly being a minority.  I don't see a lot of KY women voters flocking to Mitch McConnell, even those who previously voted for him.  They may see beyond the liberal label and realize there is someone out there who understands women issues.

      And as recent polls indicate, a Judd candidacy for U.S. Senate isn't that hard of a concept for people in KY to swallow.  If you go back to the facts cited in the NY Times article, you might get a bit more insight as to how much Judd could really shake up the system.

      The reason why Al Franken barely won in Minnesota, which has more liberals than Kentucky, is because Norm Coleman was the incumbent and a lot of people in the state were used to him being U.S. Senator.  Since Franken has been U.S. Senator, he's gotten high approval ratings and should easily win re-election.

  •  probably right (0+ / 0-)

    Still she can probably do as well as any other democrat and attract money. Bottom line McConnell in not popular in Kentucky.
    Still I don't see them sending a democrat to Washington while Obama is president.

    •  Why do you think KY doesn't like Obama? (0+ / 0-)

      It's because of smears done by the GOP.  Nothing else.

      Besides, what has the Kentucky Democratic Party really done for the Democratic cause?  NOTHING.  The party really doesn't have its act together and as a number of us Kossacks pointed out previously that there has been ample time for the state party or any Democrat to announce their candidacy for the U.S. Senate.  Shows how much the party really cares about beating Mitch McConnell for re-election.  Maybe they wanted 2008 candidate Bruce Lunsford instead.

      Remember what Howard Dean said how an evangelical Christian came up to him in 2003 (or was it 2004) and told him the reason why she's voting for him is because he has "conviction?"  Same thing can apply for the citizens cited in the New York Times article I mentioned.  Note how these people are warming up to Ashley Judd, even though not considering voting for her immediately.

      That's why the Democratic Party must nominate Democrats who don't spew talking points.  At least with Ashley Judd, as long as she connects with KY voters on a personal level, then she's fine.  And considering polls show this race to be competitive, I think we've got our candidate.

  •  Segment on Hardball tonight (0+ / 0-)

    Excellent. Really wowed my wife. From that discussion, looks like she'd have trouble losing.

    There are already a number of Youtubes, some 140 in the past one day alone, though average viewership of each is still mostly small.

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