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Howard Fineman: Ashley Judd Will Run

It has been long speculated, but Howard Fineman is reporting now that there will indeed be an Ashley Judd candidacy in the Kentucky Senate race of 2014:

Actress Ashley Judd, who has reportedly been exploring a Senate run since last December, will announce her candidacy in the spring, MSNBC's Howard Fineman reported Sunday. Her candidacy would pit her against Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.

The 44-year-old star of "Double Jeopardy" also has a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University and has been a women's rights activist for years. She had met with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to talk about women running for office more than a year ago, Fineman reported.

A Judd run would be great for Democrats in this state. It would give us a dynamic candidate that will raise money and bring recognition to our race. I honestly believe that Judd would be an excellent, qualified United States Senator that would sincerely do their best to better the lives of everyone she represented. People forget that in addition to being an actress, Judd has a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University and has been a women’s rights activist for years.

So far, Judd is denying that she was planning on making political announcements any time soon.

“I am not sure who is saying this stuff, but it is not I!” Judd told The Huffington Post. “I’d prefer as a fan of your journalism that you stay accurate and credible. We told everyone who called us yesterday these stories are fabrications.”

That being said, this is the seat of Mitch McConnell. In over two decades Mitch McConnell has been using that seat supplied by Kentuckians to destroy the economy and recovery of our nation for political gain. He represents the absolute worst our political system has to offer and personifies the careless disconnect between Washington and the problems real Americans face. And his support seems to be weakening. A December poll of Kentucky voters by Public Policy Polling found 55 percent disapproval of McConnell.

We need to have a strong candidate that will run strong and win votes in all areas of the state. While I am not opposed to Ashley Judd at all, I think any candidate we run should have a primary and prove they have the strength statewide to challenge McConnell.

Besides, we already have one qualified Kentuckian that would work for the people of this state running in Ed Marksberry. We are already having a primary. I hope others will have the courage Ed is showing and stand up not only against Mitch McConnell but a potential for a dynamic superstar in a Democratic primary.

Even as Kentucky Democrats get stars in their eyes, and deservedly so we must keep our feet on the ground.

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