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Judd Giving McConnell, GOP Plenty to Go After

Tuesday, 05 Mar 2013 12:48 PM

By Dan Weil

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Actress Ashley Judd hasn't announced whether she'll challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell next year, but she’s already giving him plenty of ammunition to use against her.

"Ms. Judd has a bit of a habit of making bizarre comments and observations that will put Democratic officials and candidates across the country in uncomfortable positions," Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, told Politico.

"As for Kentucky, well, let’s just say that Ms. Judd’s comments are outlandish for Hollywood, never mind Covington."

The GOP just unearthed these 2006 remarks about why she decided against having children. "It’s unconscionable to breed, with the number of children who are starving to death in impoverished countries," she said, according to Politico.

Meanwhile, in a rambling address at George Washington University in Washington, Judd mentioned rock star Bono, her dog’s hunger strike, and her costly travels. "We winter in Scotland. We’re smart like that," she said.

Even Democrats are wary of Judd’s chances. "I mean, she’s got some issues that would hurt her up in Eastern Kentucky," Democratic state Rep. Walter Blevins told Kentucky Public Radio.

But Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth, who's been advising Judd on a possible Senate run, believes she's tough enough to take whatever McConnell and the Republicans dish out.

"She's well aware of what might get thrown at her," Yarmuth told Politico. "She is going to get so much free publicity, and she will have plenty of opportunity to define who she is on her own terms. And it might be a bit risky for Mitch to go after her in a nasty way. She's very likable."

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