Skip to main content

Just in from Politico and the Washington Post:

Ashley Judd is not running for Senate

Actress Ashley Judd has decided not to pursue a bid for the Kentucky Senate race, according to two sources familiar with her decision.

A source close to Judd said that Secretary of State Allison Grimes’ interest in potential race made the decision not to run easier, “The timing just wasn’t right,” said the source.
Judd’s potential candidacy against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell drew national headlines. While she received encouragement from the likes of Kentucky Rep, John Yarmuth, other Democrats in the state expressed apprehension about her candidacy.

(sigh) OK, three things immediately leap to mind:

1. As long as Grimes is going to run, fine, I guess. The story doesn't say whether Grimes will, just that she has an "interest in a potential race" which is pretty vague.

2. Having said that, while I realize that it would be a hard slog for Judd, I'm still pretty disappointed. It would've been awesome to see a true, unapologetic liberal give a staunch conservative Republican a true run for his money.

3. Here's the silver lining: By declining to run now, she can move back to Kentucky and and will have completely killed off any "carpetbagger" attacks by 2016 so she can run against Rand Paul.


Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Dang, then again her residency might've been an (5+ / 0-)

    issue.  Plus she can always run against Rand Paul in 2016.

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 02:14:45 PM PDT

  •  Too Bad (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Just Bob

    A sincere liberal, intelligent, a woman, all in all one of the best looking candidates the D's have had in a long time. Ahem.

    Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

    by 6412093 on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 02:16:19 PM PDT

  •  Alas... (0+ / 0-)

    We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. -- Jonathan Swift

    by raptavio on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 02:18:40 PM PDT

  •  Any information on Allison Grimes, folks? (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW, jj32, Sylv, pademocrat
  •  "other Democrats ... expressed apprehension" (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW, Just Bob, Egalitare

    Freaking fools.

    I was so ready to contribute.

    Grimes?  OK If she has an outside chance I will support her cause 6 more years of McConnell is unbearable.

    I hope Judd campaigns for Grimes.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 02:22:11 PM PDT

  •  Aw shucks (5+ / 0-)

    It would have been a hoot.  Does this make Rove et al look foolish for advertising against a non-candidate?  I suppose they'll claim that they spooked her.

    All forms of fundamentalist thought breed magical thinking.

    by YankInUK on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 02:23:11 PM PDT

  •  As to your first point on Grimes, shouldn't I (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    cassandracarolina, Brainwrap, FG

    assume that "interest" is an understatement of Grimes' intentions on the race? After all, if Judd is citing Grimes as a reason she will avoid the race, it seems likely that Judd has first hand knowledge that Grimes is in fact running.

    Whatever descriptive word is used, reading between the lines tells me that Grimes has committed privately to the run.

    •  Well yeah, you would hope... (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      Judd will look pretty stupid if Grimes doesn't actually run. I presume they talked it out and decided to keep the formal announcements separate...or, perhaps they'll have a joint press conference in which Judd announces that she isn't running and then introduces Grimes with an endorsement right off the bat.

  •  she might be a little too honest (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Brainwrap, Ditch Mitch KY

    she talked a lot about her life, mental issues...maybe more than she should have if she wanted to run.

    Obama 2012...going to win it with our support!!!

    by mattinjersey on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 02:38:17 PM PDT

  •  Shame (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Brainwrap, PeterHug, peptabysmal, milkbone
    It would've been awesome to see a true, unapologetic liberal give a staunch conservative Republican a true run for his money.
    ...a true, unapologetic liberal with a national presence.  It certainly didn't do Al Franken any harm.

    Guns don't kill people but there's always one there at the time of death.

    by john07801 on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 02:38:25 PM PDT

  •  I suspect Clinton had something to do with that (4+ / 0-)

    Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

    by Just Bob on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 02:40:16 PM PDT

  •  Grimes BETTER run (0+ / 0-)

    The buzz was that she was intent on running for Governor in 2015. If she decides that Governor was what she really wanted all along, it's probably impossible for Ms. Judd to "re-reconsider."

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 02:40:33 PM PDT

  •  disappointed here :( so wanted to get rid of (0+ / 0-)

    McTurtle now.  Hope Grimes can do it.

    Macca's Meatless Monday

    by VL Baker on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 03:02:05 PM PDT

    •  Judd probably couldn't beat him. (0+ / 0-)

      Not for any of the crap McConnell through at her but moreso because of the state. She's never run statewide and isn't particularly distinguished on any issue. Once you get over the "Ashley Judd!" thing there just isn't much to work with as far as campaign experience.

      Running for office is a talent and a skill. There are some naturals but for most people it takes practice to get good at it. Make no mistake, Mitch McConnell is very good at it. Almost every race he's run has been competitive.

      Gonna take a real dynamo to beat him.

      •  Um, Ashley Judd has campaigned for years (0+ / 0-)

        Ashley Judd has been involved heavily in the grassroots level of campaigning for years.  She's not just simply a contributor.  She really knows how to campaign.

        I just think Judd wanted to be clear of the attacks that were leveling on her and wanted some peace and quiet to decide on her own.  With "Democrats" we have who seem to get so concerned over Judd being so liberal to the point where apparently she's a robot, I don't blame her for deciding to take time off.  We have quite some fired up Democrats, indeed.

        Oh where is Howard Dean when we need him?  I wish he were the permanent chair of the DNC.

        •  That doesn't sound like a veteran campaigner. (0+ / 0-)
          I just think Judd wanted to be clear of the attacks that were leveling on her and wanted some peace and quiet to decide on her own.
          Nah. If that's how she's thinking she certainly wasn't ready to go toe to toe with a wolverine like Mitch McConnell. If she doesn't want blood and guts all over her face and between her teeth, she's not ready.

          Sometimes a novice campaigner has a signature issue that kind of propels them forward as in the case of Elizabeth Warren. And sometimes, people just have the gift because they came from other performance based fields. Like Al Franken and that race. Ashley Judd might be one of those people, we don't know.

          But if you're going to fight a cagey psychopath like McConnell, you gotta bring your best A game and a killer instinct. During this run up to her decision, she never laid one glove on McConnell. NO good. Guy like gotta put a 2 by 4 right between is eyes, drive a stake through his heart, and then set him on fire.

          •  That's an irrational argument (0+ / 0-)

            Ashley Judd never laid one glove on McConnell?  What the heck are you talking about?  She never entered the race in the first place so she wasn't going to start attacking McConnell until she was actually running.  It's premature to say even anything.  

            Don't get too carried away in the argument you cited from my comment.  The reason why I was pointing that out was that Ashley Judd probably felt she wanted to run on her own and decide for her own rather than getting caught into the hype machine.  Believe it or not, but I actually respect Judd's decision now and believe she's got plenty of opportunity to plan for a 2016 run in the future, which I think she'll seriously consider.  She's also younger and may decide to get more involved in other issues or campaigns.  In fact, I'd say maybe Ashley could fire up the troops in Kentucky and Tennessee without being a candidate.  That could work.

            Believe me, Judd is a tough person.  She's been raped at least twice when she was much younger and while I don't credit that entirely for her toughness, I can point that out that she knows what it's like to be an underdog and she can seriously fight.  If you see Judd in any video political related, she can take the heat and really knows how to fight back.  I don't think she's the type of person who lets things slide.  Go look at a bunch of You Tube videos of Judd in politics and she's not one of those typical "novices."

            •  Well, if all that is true... (0+ / 0-)

              her excuse for not running sounds like bullshit. Mitch is vulnerable. Not to mention there are plenty of other Democrats who put names on ballots and asses on lines in a heavily red state. They supposed to step aside for her when she didn't come through when Dems had their best shot in years to take out a major GOP politician?

              McConnell started beating up on her from day one. And all she did was say "Thanks!" Nah...that's not what Dems are looking for. You gotta let McConnell have it right between the eyes not let shit slide.

              Nahh. I wasn't buying her candidacy from jump and I suspect a better candidate who has actually run statewide has a better shot.

              •  You're buying too much into hype and news (0+ / 0-)

                Judd's reason for not running is not bullshit.  She can decide what she wants.  Who cares really at this point?  Hardball with Chris Matthews discussed this issue and put the matter to rest.  Former PA Governor Ed Rendell said it best when Ashley Judd's candidacy wasn't so much a referendum on Judd but on the hype that her candidacy has been causing and how that may have been something the GOP could have used against the Democrats in Kentucky.  You really can't say her excuse for not running is bullshit because you aren't Ashley Judd and you may have also not gotten raped twice early on when you were younger.  I can't say I know everything about her but you know, this argument we're having (which is legitimate by the way) is really so assuming of what she is in reality when neither one of us has met Judd.  At this point, who cares the reason why Judd didn't run?  She decided not to and that's fine.

                Perhaps Judd was getting too much attention and it prevented her from deciding herself.  You didn't mention in any of your arguments that Judd actually talked to a lot of national Democrats and those well entrenched in politics for weeks, even months, about assessing a potential U.S. Senate campaign

                However, not a single person who is a skeptic of Ashley Judd's candidacy has proven to me she would have really done damage for Democrats or that it wasn't really serious.  I've seen tons of Judd videos on You Tube and there isn't a single one that proves Judd would not be able to fight back.  All these Democratic strategists, operatives, etc. are really just so general and they never gave any bit of evidence to really back up their claims.

                Either way, what's done is done and I suggest we stop frickin focusing on Judd and start keeping our eye on the prize, which is McConnell's Senate seat, additional House seats in 2014 and making sure the Kentucky Democratic Party doesn't screw up.

  •  I do understand her decision - (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    NO one in their right mind would enjoy running for Senate (or being a Senator either, I think).

  •  It was reportd that "Prominent Dems Wooing Grimes (6+ / 0-)

    ...Not Judd, that could have influenced her decision.  

    (3/19/13) Democratic heavy hitters — including Bill Clinton — are quietly trying to woo a new candidate to jump into the race to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, even as actress Ashley Judd is taking steps toward launching a star-studded campaign of her own.

    With fears growing in some Democratic quarters over Judd’s potential candidacy, some prominent Democrats in the Bluegrass State are beginning to set their sights on 34-year-old Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state.... she hails from a well-connected family influential in Kentucky Democratic politics. But it’s not at all certain if she’ll jump into the race.

    Grimes does have the Clintons in her corner. Earlier this month, the former president — a longtime friend of Grimes’s father — privately urged the young secretary of state to mount a Senate bid while assuring Grimes that both he and his wife, Hillary, would get behind her should she decide to take on the powerful Senate GOP leader, according to several sources familiar with the matter...

    •  That makes sense (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      If Grimes can knock off Mitch McConnell, then Ashley Judd can knock off Rand Paul in 2016, which we can do.  This way, Judd will have more support and a Democratic base in KY to work with in a 2016.

      Case closed.  Now let's focus on getting Colbert elected in the SC special election in Congress.

  •  Smart decision on her part. (0+ / 0-)

    She had hardly any (like next to none) chance of taking down Turtleman....At least if Grimes decides to get into the fray she has a small chance

  •  This means one thing.... (0+ / 0-)

    The Kentucky Democratic Party will continue to shoot itself in the foot as it tries to figure out how to fire up its base.  God knows how much they might screw themselves up.

    Even though Bruce Lunsford was getting close to beating Mitch McConnell for re-election, he couldn't defeat the guy off.

    I respect Ashley Judd for her decision but you know, the big question is, how is Kentucky going to fire up its base?  

  •  Too bad, so sad. (0+ / 0-)

    Once again the Democrats will be stuck with an assembly line candidate. The only choice we seem to get is "not the other guy." People like Al Franken and Elizabeth Warren stand head and shoulders above the run of the mill party products. I never did quite get how Ashley's name came up to begin with, and I can't fault her for not running, it's her choice. but I am disappointed. Obama is a great manager, but not a leader. There are too few democrats who seem to be going anywhere and too many who consider it a victory just to stay where we are. Maybe I'm just too romantic to make sense of politics. This nation is in turmoil and needs more than change we can believe in, it needs change that works. Nobody ever won a war without leaving the castle gates.

    "The greatest thing in making the people joyous, is that they keep one another in order." -- I Ching (475 BC)

    by wplasvegas on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 02:29:15 AM PDT

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site