Sources: Ashley Judd planning to declare candidacy


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Howard Fineman has some news for us about Ashley Judd's Senate run. If this turns out to be true, get ready for an even nastier campaign than has already begun against the actress, because Karl Rove and his super PAC are a-skeered of Ashley Judd.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Ashley Judd, the 44-year-old actress and social activist, has told key advisers and political figures that she is planning to announce her candidacy for U.S. Senate here this spring.

Judd told one close ally that she plans to announce her run for the Democratic nomination for the 2014 race “around Derby” -- meaning in early May when the Kentucky Derby brings national attention to Louisville and the Bluegrass State.

Judd denied it. Sort of. Fineman's not buying her protests:

But she declined to specify which "stories,” did not say what wasn't "accurate,” and did not respond when asked directly whether she had, in fact, decided to run or chosen a time to declare her intentions. [...]

... Judd must establish a new residence in Kentucky by November 2013. Under Kentucky law, candidates must have been residents of the commonwealth for a year before Election Day. She is expected to live in Lexington, where she studied at the University of Kentucky

She was born right here in my home state of California, but spent most of her youth and school years in Kentucky, per Fineman, who provides a lot of fascinating insight and more details at the link. For example, she is an ardent Obama supporter and progressive on most social issues, and is bipolar, about which she is an open book.

This was one sentence that appealed to me:

She is fearless, and would not necessarily lose a bar fight if she got into one, which she is about to do.

If she does run and manages to pull off a win, you can be sure that Mitch McConnell's goal will be to deny her a second term: