Ashley Judd actively preparing herself for run against McConnell in Kentucky

Ashley JuddA source close to actress Ashley Judd has confirmed that the “Heat” and “Double Jeopardy” star is actively preparing herself for a run against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) next year.

“At least in Ashley’s mind, it is happening,” the source said to Fox 411’s Pop Tarts. “She has devoted herself to many important causes and stepped away from the Hollywood spotlight so this seems like the logical next step. I don’t know if she will be successful, but her heart is in the right place.”

Since alluding that she may run for Congress at the Democratic National Convention last September, Judd has been actively been laying the groundwork for a potential run over the past few months, even meeting with the DSCC and high-profile Democratic donors over the past few weeks.

Last week Judd participated in a forum at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she made several nonsensical comments that showed she was trying too hard and isn’t quite ready for primetime yet. Rather than focusing on reproductive health, which was the topic of the forum, Judd demonstrated her love of the Bluegrass State and her qualifications for office.

Charlie Spiering at our sister paper the Washington Examiner has a great YouTube video of Judd’s humble bragging at the forum:

Judd would have her work cut out for her should she decide to throw her hat into the ring.

“Sadly, Hollywood celebrities often confuse the characters they play with their own selves and mistakenly assume they know something,” Dan Gainor, VP of Business and Culture at the Media Research Institute told Fox News. “They usually don’t. If she runs, it should be both a plus and a minus to Democrats. She has name recognition and that’s always good. She is well known and will get lots of money, and that could make it close. Or maybe the people of the state will laugh at her and it will be a huge embarrassment to the left. We can always hope sanity will prevail.”

While Democrats seem to be split as to whether she should run, Republicans are taking her potential candidacy seriously. The superPAC American Crossroads, led by former Bush advisor Karl Rove, first launched ads against the actress in December and is ready to launch more ads if necessary. McConnell, for his part, doesn’t seem too worried about her candidacy, but has already conducted internal polls and started to beef up his campaign staff for what would likely be the biggest challenge of his political career in nearly 30 years.

Should she run, Judd would be one of two Hollywood stars campaigning for the Senate in 2014, as current Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is up for reelection next year.

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  1. captgeobob says:

    I have alot of family in KY and they have already decided that she is nothing more than another hollywood liberal and a flake.

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