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Ashley Judd thanks American Crossroads for the publicity

February 06, 2013 | | Comments 19

By Jack Brammer
jbrammer@herald-leader.com

The conservative Super PAC American Crossroads released an advertisement Wednesday on YouTube that mocks the political stances of actress Ashley Judd, who is considering a run for U.S. Senate next year in Kentucky.

In the video, a narrator labels Judd an “Obama-following, radical, Hollywood liberal who’s right at home here in Tennessee … uh, I mean Kentucky.”

Karl Rove, a former senior advisor to President George W. Bush, is a co-founder of the group attacking Judd, who has been coy when asked about possibly challenging Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014.

“Ashley thanks Senator McConnell, Karl Rove and their negative allies for all the attention as she considers her future political plans, although a decision hasn’t been made yet,” a spokesperson for Judd said Wednesday in an email.

Judd, 44, spent much of her childhood in Kentucky and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an avid UK sports fan and usually attends several basketball games each season. Her mother and her half-sister, Naomi and Wynonna Judd, are country music stars who are both natives of Ashland.

Ashley Judd spoke for the Tennessee delegation at the Democratic National Convention in September. She has a home outside Nashville and would have to re-establish residency in Kentucky in order to seek office in 2014, when Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell faces re-election.

Judd and champion race car driver Dario Franchitti announced last month that they are ending their marriage after more than 11 years.

The American Crossroads ad makes no mention of the divorce, but it does note that Judd’s grandmother, Polly Judd, told the Associated Press in November that her granddaughter was “a Hollywood liberal.”

Political consultants disagreed Wednesday about the implications and motivations behind the ad.

Kentucky Democratic consultant Dale Emmons said the ad is “not about Ashley Judd,” but rather a ploy to discourage legitimate candidates from challenging McConnell.

“Unfortunately, Judd is the tool Mitch needed to get his guys engaged to raise money and flex their muscle to intimidate Democrats,” Emmons said.

But state Republican consultant Mike Karem said the ad shows “McConnell is worried about the race, that he’s in trouble at this stage of the game.”

Previous coverage:

Judd announces separation from Franchitti

Rand Paul: Ashley Judd is ‘way damn too liberal for our country and our state’

Grandmother of Judd dismisses talk of Senate run

Social media abuzz with speculation about Ashley Judd running for U.S. Senate

Filed Under: Democratic PartyElectionsFederal GovernmentMitch McConnellRepublican PartyUS Senate Race

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  1. theGhostxxxx says:

    This could actually be seen as good news. If Karl Rove’s Crossroads thinks Judd is important enough, and enough of a threat to McConnell to spend money on attacking her this early out than she must be doing something right!

  2. theGhostxxxx says:

    And the fact that she lived in Tennessee is a non issue. Rand Paul was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Texas and yet was still elected as “one of us”.

  3. garrigan says:

    The time stamp on both the previous comments are in the future – they say 1:12 and 1:14PM when the time now is only 12:40PM.
    What’s up with that?

  4. Pat says:

    Funny how that time zone thing works.

  5. Linda S. Perkins says:

    Ashley, way to to!!! You’ve got “them” on the run.

  6. DG says:

    Is Carl Rove still at it. After all the money he spent during the General Election against Obama and others in Congress and American Crossroads did not affect ONE election result nationwide in their favor. I guess he thinks Round 2 will be different. Funny, when will the Republicans begin to believe that their own policies are the problem, instead of trying to change people’s right to vote or attacking candidates.

  7. Angela says:

    @theGhostxxxx Rand Paul LIVES in KY it does not matter where he was born just like Ashley she was BORN in KY but LIVES IN TN or CALIFORNIA so why does she think she has the right to fight for the state of KY it is because the LIBERAL DEMOCRATS want TOTAL control and McConnell is a THREAT to the DEMOCRATS NOW THATS THE TRUTH

  8. James Pence says:

    Mitch has a friend, Steven Law, over at American Crossroads.

    Senator Mitch McConnell’s ties with American Crossroads, Crossroads GPS and the U.S. Chamber Of Commerce are deep and they are linked to at least one man and that man is Steven Law:

    Steven Law

    1990: Manager of Senator Mitch McConnell’s first reelection campaign.

    1991-1997: Senator Mitch McConnell’s Chief of Staff.
    1998-2000: National Republican Senatorial Committee Executive Director.

    2001-2007: US Labor Department Deputy Secretary and Chief of Staff.

    2007-2009: US Chamber of Commerce Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel.

    2010: American Crossroads President & Chief Executive Officer.

    2010: Crossroads GPS President.

  9. Nothing is clean in this era of incivility. Terrible! After the election the nationwide Karl Rove political bandit in his super PAC continues. For straight news & perspective, go to my Twitter @At_Nguyen_Huynh

  10. tafugate says:

    sort of ironic it’s karl rove. coming from rove, any opposition to ashley judd is a ringing endorsement. however, i tend to always vote for candidates on the basis of what i hear them say. never what anyone else says what they believe. and rove still doesn’t get it, he’s old school, he could step into the 21st century by producing ads educating folks on what his candidates believe. but alas, he’s old school.

  11. Sue L. says:

    McConnell just needs to GO!! He has more “friends” and contributors outside of Kentucky then inside of it… Just look at his record and the multi-millions he made “while in office”.

    Please!! Just retire…

  12. sparkplug54 says:

    So what if Ashley Judd said Tennessee is home? Kentucky and Tennessee have a tremendous amount in common, from ancestry coming over the mountains and living in the mountains, the geography, even media. Folks in southern KY get their TV from Nashville, Knoxville, Jackson, etc. Both states are fairly conservative, and that’s OK. At least she’s from here and knows many of our people, unlike the two current US Senators, both of whom came from other states. And if Rove wants to start attacking her, that must mean he’s afraid of her candidacy. You go, Ashley.

  13. Bill says:

    Every candidate that Rove supported in 2012 lost. Thanks Karl.

  14. Ralph says:

    Anyone who doesn’t know who McConnell really represents at this point isn’t paying attention. Hint: It isn’t Kentucky. Whether Ashley or Crit or Stumbo runs at this point, it doesn’t matter. Kentuckians are not going to vote for this lipless creep and his cabal of rich bankers and coal operators and whisky makers again.

  15. Jackie says:

    Ashley only needs to point to how much she does for Kentucky as she born raised in Kentucky but like many others she grew up. Many elected officials born in other States move to Kentucky. Mitch McConnell spoke on Jan. 21, 2009 and promised to work on making Obama a one term President. McConnell did nothing about the disasters Kentucky had but he stuck to his mission. Four years Mitch worked only on destroying Obama. 2012 Mitch worked to get Mitt Romeny in office and resently Mitch had to ask Vice President Joe Biden to settle the manner of the debt ceiling. McConnell does need the job as to continue the favors he has been paid by Lobbyist as for the citizens of Kentucky he will do nothing. He has said he has enough money to but his re-election so voters don’t matter.

  16. evodevo says:

    Wow! Must have struck a rightwinger nerve to be attacking, when all she said was she was thinking about it! With 2 years to go, hopefully Xroads will bankrupt itself doing proactive attack ads.

  17. Lester says:

    Shouldn’t she be running in Tennessee that’s where she lives, but rules doesn’t apply for liberal democrats.

    Go Mich people with brains will be supporting you, the morons will be supporting Obama butt kissing Dudes,
    Oh I mean Judd.

    Cause she shows a little leg does mean
    she is qualified to be a Senator, neither
    being a community organizer means you are
    qualified to President, just look at what
    horrible job Obama has done.

  18. Candace says:

    The support of Karl Rove is the kiss of death. Thank you, Karl, for predicting the demise of Sir McConnell.