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An Ashley Judd Senate Run Splits Democrats, Even Clintons


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The actress, who is rumored to be mulling a run for a senate seat in Kentucky, has the encouragement of the former president, but some in the party are wary.

There is some Hollywood drama going down in Kentucky.

Actress and liberal activist Ashley Judd is said to be mulling a run for the senate seat currently held by Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the news of her interest is being greeted with mixed reactions on both the right and left.

ABC News reports that former President Bill Clinton, a close friend of Judd, encouraged the 44-year old actress to run during a conversation sometime between last November’s election and President Barack Obama‘s inauguration in January. wrote earlier last week that Clinton had more recently advised Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state, to run for the seat, as well; she’s considering doing so, or running for governor or a congressional seat.

Grimes’ father is a former state party chairman in Kentucky, and also a friend of the Clintons’. While reported that the former first couple’s support had shifted to Grimes, ABC notes that they will support either as Democratic nominee.

As an environmental activist who has opposed mountaintop removal for coal extraction, some Democrats fear that Judd is too liberal for the state, which has a long history of backing Democrats but has more recently elected Republicans, including Tea Party darling Rand Paul. Yet others believe that she brings starpower and fundraising ability, and that McConnell is weak in the state.

Republicans, on the other hand, have already attacked Judd, with a Karl Rove-backed Super Pac slamming her in TV advertisements, and Fox News’ Sean Hannity facetiously begging her to run during a segment Thursday night.

Incidentally, Judd plays a small role in this weekend’s , portraying the first lady of the United States.

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