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Ashley Judd: Is she starting to act like a real Senate candidate? (+video)

Ashley Judd has recently met with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Kentucky Democrats, according to media reports, fueling speculation that she might actually run.

By Staff writer / February 21, 2013

Actress Ashley Judd (c.) gives a pep talk to volunteers for the Obama for President campaign at the Fredericksburg, Va. office last year.

Robert A. Martin/The Free Lance-Star/AP/File



OK, Ashley Judd is starting to act like an actual possible candidate for the Senate in Kentucky, as opposed to a coy celebrity who’s flattered that reporters are asking her about politics instead of her film career.

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Karl Rove's SuperPac has issued an attack ad aimed at Ashley Judd, before the actress has entered the Kentucky senate race.

Either that, or she’s conducing hands-on research for a part in next season’s “House of Cards.”

We say that because in recent days the actress/activist met privately with officials from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to a report in Politico. That’s a Station of the Cross for Senate candidate wannabes.

The DSCC is a contribution clearing house for Democratic candidates. It also recruits candidates and advises them on strategy, all in the name of keeping, or capturing, chamber control.

The GOP has a similar organization, the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee. There are also Democratic and Republican campaign committees for the House.

For what it’s worth, the DSCC’s chairman this cycle is Sen. Michael Bennet from Colorado, who knows a thing or do about winning a tough election in a state that’s not deep blue. Maybe he feels a kinship with Ms. Judd, who’d be taking on a tough opponent in incumbent minority leader Mitch McConnell.

Judd has yet to set up any political committees of her own for fundraising or just plain exploratory action. But she’s also met recently with top state Dems in Louisville, Ky., presumably to test the waters and engage in a little prefundraising survey of potential wallets, according to another report in the Atlantic.


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