Actress Ashley Judd’s name has been floated as a possible challenger to Sen. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky in 2014.
Judd, a Kentucky native, responded to the rumors in a statement to Us Weekly.
“I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I’m very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election, so let’s focus on coming together to keep moving America’s families, and especially our kids, forward,” Judd said.
The actress was a delegate at the 2012 Democratic National Convention and was a strong supporter of President Obama throughout the campaign season.
Sen. McConnell’s campaign manager also responded to the rumors.
“Senator McConnell and his wife are big fans of Ashley Judd’s movies and appreciate her energy, particularly when it comes to getting young people engaged in the political process,” the Senator’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton said.
In an interview (below) at the DNC, Judd doesn’t rule out a run.
“No, I’m not ruling it out and it would be foolish to say that I am,” Judd said. “I honestly don’t know that it’s the best use of me, but I also don’t know the future.”
In the past, Republican celebrities have held more elected offices than Democratic celebrities. Republicans Ronald Reagan, Clint Eastwood, Shirley Temple, Fred Thompson, Sonny Bono and Arnold Schwarzenegger have all held office in one way or another. Sen. Al Franken is the best known Democrat to be elected into office.