Ashley Judd passes on Kentucky Senate bid

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Despite indications that she was readying to launch a well-funded campaign against Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, Ashley Judd announced Wednesday afternoon that she will not run for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky as a Democrat.

In a series of messages on her Twitter account, Judd explained her decision.

“After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family,” she wrote.

“Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate.”

Her announcement comes weeks after stories from outlets including The Daily Caller about her history of odd statements, which would have likely posed problems for her in a campaign.

National Democrats reportedly had cooled to the idea of her candidacy in recent weeks, despite the notion that she would likely be able to raise a good chunk of money to take on McConnell, the Senate minority leader.

On Wednesday, Judd tweeted: “Please know that is my voice & truth; don’t fool with the distortions!”

Elaborating in several messages, Judd tweeted: “I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months who expressed their desire for a fighter for the people & new leader. While that won’t be me at this time, I will continue to work as hard as I can to ensure the needs of Kentucky families are met by returning this Senate seat to whom it rightfully belongs: the people & their needs, dreams, and great potential. Thanks for even considering me as that person & know how much I love our Commonwealth. Thank you!”

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