Kentucky: Governor Says Ashley Judd Would Make ‘Very Serious Candidate’ for Senate

Posted February 21, 2013 at 4:59pm

Democratic Kentucky Gov. Steven L. Beshear said Thursday that actress Ashley Judd would make a “very serious candidate” for Senate, according to a cn|2 video.

“I talked to Ashley Judd during the Kentucky Ball that was part of the inaugural ceremonies in Washington in January,” Beshear said. “And then she’s been trying to arrange, and will be arranging, some more conversations here in the next month or so.”

Judd, a Democrat, is considering a run against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Most recently, she indicated an increasing seriousness about a campaign by reportedly meeting with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and dining with top Democrats in Louisville, Ky.

But some Kentucky Democrats fear Judd would be a drag on their ticket.

Asked if he would be supportive of a Judd bid against McConnell, Beshear noted there were other potential candidates.

“There are a number of people who are still talking about running for the U.S. Senate, and I think she would be a very serious candidate, and there may be others that would be also,” Beshear said. “But I’m going to encourage as many as possible to take a look at it.”

The governor, currently serving his second term, lost his bid against McConnell in 1996.