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.
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As we wrote the other day, Senator McConnell is acting as if he’s wary of running against Judd. He’s included her in a preemptive ad he’s issued mocking potential opponents. A GOP polling firm found him 9 points up on Judd in a survey it released last week, which is OK, except that we’d think an incumbent senator might do better matched up against a co-star of “Dolphin Tale.”Skip to next paragraph
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Look over at New Jersey to see what we mean. Geraldo Rivera’s been talking about running for the Senate there as a Republican, and a new Quinnipiac poll finds the mustachioed action journalist trailing Democrat Cory Booker by a whopping 54 to 23 percent. That’s the kind of margin McConnell’s probably been hoping for.
Of course, it’s also possible that the DSCC met with Judd, not to talk about giving her money, but to talk about her giving money to them. Wealthy contributors are always useful, even if a quick perusal of contribution data finds that Judd gave but $350 to one Democratic candidate in the 2012 cycle. (The form listed her address as Los Angeles, by the way.)
And that candidate was Rep. Steven Cohen, who represents the Ninth Congressional District in ... Tennessee! She’s already vulnerable on the Volunteer State front: she was a Democratic National Convention delegate last year from Tennessee, and that’s where she’s actually been living. McConnell’s attack ad replays a clip of her saying “Tennessee is home” a number of times. We think the Tennessee issue is maybe her biggest vulnerability. That, and her own grandmother calling her a “Hollywood liberal.”
So that’s how we’ll know Judd is really serious. She’ll make a big deal about actually living in Kentucky, either by buying a property or moving back in to an old family home. After all, what happened to that carpetbagger female Senate candidate who was born in Illinois, lived her adult life in Arkansas, and then ran in New York?
Three words: Senator Hillary Clinton.
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