Rumors have long been afloat that actress Ashley Judd will run for the U.S. Senate in opposition to Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), and her activities in the last 5 years seem to support the claim.
Republicans are taking the rumor seriously and recent stories in media appear to validate the claims.
Conservative PAC American Crossroads has already run a negative ad themed on Judd’s support for President Barack Obama’s policies and, among other things, her use of the term “hillbillies.”
In 2006, she told a newspaper she refused to “breed” because so many children were already suffering from poverty.
Breeding aside, some steps Judd has taken appear to be part of a construct for a political campaign.
Judd has been on the activist circuit, campaigning for President Barack Obama and serving on the board of Population Services International. PSI self-describes its mission as working to “measurably improve the health of poor and vulnerable people in the developing world, principally through social marketing of family planning and health products and services, and health communications.”
PSI is a nongovernmental organization (NGO), but it also receives major funding from the U.S. taxpayer and governments in other countries.
In 2007 Judd took steps to acquire the college degree she didn't complete as a student at the University of Kentucky where she majored in French. She added an Ivy League credential when she got a Mid-Career Master in Public Administration degree at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
A source told Fox News Judd recently met with “well-financed Democratic donors.”
Judd has also praised Defenders of Wildlife, an organization some traditional conservationists view as extreme.
On her domestic agenda, Judd has promoted ObamaCare although sizable chunks of the Democrats’ health tax bill haven’t even been implemented. Reporters rarely ask candidates if they’ve read a bill they’re promoting.
Pundits have alluded to bare skin and other aspects of her film works, wondering if it will matter to Kentucky voters.
Meanwhile, on the Republican side, rumors have been afloat that McConnell may face a primary challenge.
The Daily Caller recently published a story about Judd’s aspirations, noting a fractured relationship with many of her family members including her mother, half-sister, and grandmother who called Judd “another Hollywood liberal.”
In 2012, a new TV series starring Judd failed in its first season. Ironically, the star who decided not to breed played the character of a mother desperately searching for her missing son.
(Filed by Kay B. Day/March 8, 2013)
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