Hollywood actress and Kentucky native Ashley Judd's bid for the U.S. Senate
is merely speculation, but that's not stopping critics from giving her heat. Judd responded to an attack ad on Thursday.
Karl Rove's conservative super PAC fundraising group Crossroads
unleashed a video attack on Judd Wednesday, painting her as "an Obama-following, radical Hollywood liberal" who's confused about the place she calls home.
Judd's camp responded to the widely-circulated web clip on Thursday.
“Ashley thanks Senator McConnell, Karl Rove, and their negative allies for all the attention as she considers her future political plans, although a decision hasn’t been made yet,” her spokesperson told The Washington Post.
Judd is a human rights activist who is a member of Women for Women International, Defenders of Wildlife, and Equality Now.
The 44-year-old actress campaigned for President Barack Obama in Kentucky, as well as crucial swing states in 2008. In 2012, she showed her support again, making an appearance at the Democratic National Convention as a delegate from Tennessee.
In the Crossroads ad, Judd is criticized for moving outside of Kentucky.
“It just clicked: Tennessee is home,” the ad says, implying that Judd's priorities are no longer aligned with Kentucky's, because she moved away.
Judd also calls herself a radical in the ad.
"I am committed to President Obama and Vice President Biden. I think he’s a brilliant man. He’s now able to flower more as the president I knew he could be,” she said.
If Judd runs for the senate seat, and wins the Democratic primary, she will face off against incumbent Mitch McConnell, a staunch conservative with a record of pro-gun rhetoric. However, some believe there are more conservative and better situated Democrats to challenge McConnell, such as Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
"Senator Mitch McConnell has taken thousands of dollars from gun manufacturers, and he opposes common sense reforms. Senator McConnell, whose side are you on?” Progressive Change Campaign Committee, the group that funded the ad, says.
Judd split with her three-time Indianapolis 500 winning husband Dario Franchitti last month after more than 11 years of marriage
Here's the American Crossroads ad:
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