- Judd Won't Seek Senate
- April 1, 2013
- Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
On Wednesday, Hollywood actress Ashley Judd announced via Facebook and Twitter that she would not be seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
While Judd would have brought star power and Hollywood money to the race, many Democrats in Washington and Kentucky feared the outspoken liberal activist would be a tough sell in conservative Kentucky. Judd's announcement paves the way for Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who said she plans to form an exploratory committee as early as next week.
While Judd passed on running in 2014, she did leave open the possibility of challenging Kentucky's junior Senator Rand Paul (R) in 2016.