CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Actress turned political activist Ashley Judd confirmed that she is considering a run for Congress at a “Women in Politics” event at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) event on Wednesday.
Judd made her comments during a panel hosted by Emily’s List and Marie Claire with Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Congressional candidate Val Demings (D-Fla.) and Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock that was moderated by Marie Claire editor Joanna Coles.
Coles said she wondered if the panel was encouraging Judd to finally run for Congress, which caused Judd to admit that she had been talking with Gillibrand about that very topic backstage before the event, “because I do receive a lot of encouragement to run.”
“And my deepest desire is to be useful. I want to help serve my fellows. And I may be doing that to the best of my capacity, my God given gifts in the sort of career I’ve had within the space I’m already operating in,” she said.
“Or it may be time to look at possibly running for office, and so what I do is I reach out – I have strong female to female alliances, and I listen to you and you make it normal.”
Judd, who is at the DNC as a delegate to Tennessee, is best know for her roles in the movies A Time to Kill and Double Jeopardy. The A-List actress become active in politics throughout the last several years, campaigning for President Barack Obama and Harold Ford, Jr., and advocating for animal rights, aids prevention and an end to the genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Her announcement that she was considering a run for Congress was ecstatically received by the female crowd of liberal activists. Later in the program an attendee shouted, “Run, Ashley, Run!” whill Judd was speaking.
After her announcement, Judd tried her hand at a partisan attack on Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), who is currently enemy number one of abortion rights activists.
In the midst of describing the violence against women she came into contact with in the Congo, Judd said that more than a hundred women she interviewed “had been gang rapped multiple times by armed militia. Most of them had conceived in rape, Mr. Akin.”
She took another shot at Akin later, saying that his comments were “all part of the patriachy.”
Judd would not be the first star to represent the state of Tennessee in Congress. Fred Thompson served as Tennessee Senator from 1994 to 2003. However, unlike Judd, his acting career came about as a result of his political career. In 2002, while he was still serving in the Senate, Thompson began starring in the hit TV show Law and Order.