Ashley Judd may be the next Senator of Kentucky as she considers running against Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014.
The loveable actress hasn’t revealed whether or not she will actually get into the race and challenge the longest surviving Kentucky Senator, but she surely hasn’t ruled it out either.
“I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I’m very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election, so let’s focus on coming together to keep moving America’s families, and especially our kids, forward,” Judd said in a statement Friday after discovering she was a serious consideration for the race.
The 44-year-old actress currently lives in Tennessee and would have to have show off some serious campaign skills in order to re-establish a strong following back in Kentucky.
Of course, running against McConnell wouldn’t be an easy task even for an actress with such a large fan base. The Kentucky Senator already has $6.8 million saved up for his re-election in which he will be running for his sixth term.
In 2008, he crushed Democratic candidate Bruce Lunsford by 6 percentage points and spent a whopping $20 million to do it.
Rep. John Yarmuth admitted that if the “Kiss the Girls” star did get into the race, it would surely be one of the publicized events in the world of politics.
“If you had an Ashley Judd-McConnell race, I think it would be as high-profile a race as Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown,” Yarmuth told the Louisville Courier-Journal. He also believed that the actress would easily gain millions in campaign donations the very minute she made her Senatorial run official.
Judd campaigned heavily for President Barack Obama during his campaign for his re-election, but the Republican Senator still seems to be pretty excited about Ashley being one of the likely candidates to run against him.
“Senator McConnell and his wife are big fans of Ashley Judd’s movies and appreciate her energy, particularly when it comes to getting young people engaged in the political process,” McConnell’s spokesman Jesse Benton said in a public statement.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is also preparing to run against the current Senator along with President Obama’s chief campaign fundraiser Matthew Barzun.