Ashley Judd may be running for Senate, sources say, as the actress meets with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) officials for a private discussion in Washington.The Hollywood star could be running against Sen. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, Politico writes. The DSCC handles campaign strategy and fundraising as well as recruiting for the Party.
Some fear that the outspoken and liberal 44-year-old performer will not be able to withstand McConell's “brutal campaign tactics,” or get through to residents of the mostly conservative state.
McConnell's bid for the Senate will be met with a lot of support, since he is the longest serving senator in Kentucky, ever.
Judd has met with Democratic officials to discuss the issue before, speaking to Rep. John Yarmuth and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer in Louisville just last week.
WHAS 11 reported that Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and former state senator David Karem were also present at the meeting.
At the time, an insider source described that Judd had not made a decision.
“[She is] meeting with people all over the state,” the source said.
The actress' publicist, Cara Tripicchio, did state that she was considering the bid, but had not made a decision. She was set to make her intentions public by Derby Day (May 6).
“A definitive decision either way has not been made yet. Of course, Ashley remains flattered and honored by the continued interest and support that is being extended. Beyond that, I have no further updates to provide to you at this time,” said Tripicchio.
While reports say that Kentucky secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes is also considering running, Judd announcing her candidature is sure to make headlines.
If she were to win, she would be the second Hollywood celebrity to hold a Senate position since Minnesota's Al Franken.