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From jaunts to Scotland to crying at trees, Judd’s memoir provides fodder for critics

WASHINGTON — If Ashley Judd jumps into the Kentucky Senate contest to challenge Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell in 2014, expect to hear more about “All That is Bitter and Sweet.”

That’s the title of Judd’s 406-page memoir, full of potentially harmful quotes that could end up being thorns in the side of the Hollywood actress and liberal activist during a campaign in a conservative-leaning state like Kentucky.

Take Judd’s writing in the 2011 manuscript about how Tennessee — not Kentucky — is the place she seemed destined to live for the “rest of my life.”

“When I began to dream of making myself a home I could live in for the rest of my life, a home that would shelter me longer than anywhere I had ever lived before, this was the place the fates seemed to choose for me,” Judd wrote of her 200-year-old farmhouse in rural Williamson County, Tenn.

While news reports indicate that Judd — who grew up in Kentucky — is gearing up for a run in the Bluegrass State, she still lives in Tennessee. Under Kentucky state law, she would have to establish residency in the state in order to qualify for the ballot.

“All That is Bitter and Sweet” has plenty in its pages that could endear Judd to voters: she’s open about her experiences with depression and sexual assault and writes movingly about her humanitarian work in Africa. But there’s also plenty of more controversial material her critics — and reporters — will certainly ask her about if she becomes a candidate for office.

The Daily Caller requested to interview Judd about her past comments, but her publicist declined that request Monday.

“Ashley has not definitively decided whether or not she will run for office,” publicist Cara Tripicchio told TheDC.

The Daily Caller combed through the manuscript of her memoir. Here are some examples of past statements in the book she could find troublesome in a campaign:

‘Selfish’ to have kids

Judd’s past statements about why she has chosen not to have kids — because it’s “unconscionable to breed” — has already gotten attention as an example of some of the more bizarre things she has said in her life. In the book, she elaborates on this belief, saying that having children is “selfish.”

“I figured it was selfish for us to pour our resources into making our ‘own’ babies when those very resources and energy could not only help children already here, but through advocacy and service transform the world into a place where no child ever needs to be born into poverty and abuse again,” she said.

“My belief has not changed. It is a big part of who I am,” Judd added.

Expect Judd to be asked if she thinks those in Kentucky who have decided to have families of their own are “selfish.”