Actress Ashley Judd, when asked whether she’s be seeking a U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky, said “I have been raped twice, so I think I can handle Mitch McConnell.” Yet she seems to be doing anything but running.
That statement was reported by the Huffington Post as being made at a private dinner party with Kentucky Democrats during one of the very few times she bothered visiting the Bluegrass State in recent months.
Indeed, she seems to be waging her campaign, if that’s what it is, everywhere but Kentucky, as The Daily Caller reported.
“If Ms. Judd has anything resembling a cohesive strategy, it is certainly lost on me,” a McConnell ally from Kentucky told the publication.
“She calls San Francisco home, lives in Tennessee and winters in Scotland, so you’d think she would want to connect with Kentucky and speak to folks here, not parade around the country,” he said. “And, the one day she did actually come the Commonwealth, all she did was meet with a small group of limousine liberals in Louisville.”
With reference to the “limousine liberals,” one criticism of Judd’s candidacy has been her lack of any desire to connect with the large voting bloc comprising eastern part of the state — coal country. In fact, she does everything possible to alienate those working in the coal industry.
Speaking before the National Press Club in 2010, Judd referred to the coal mining practices in Kentucky as “the state-sanctioned, federal government-supported, coal industry-operated rape of Appalachia.” There’s that “rape” word again.
Just to make sure she didn’t leave out the rest of the Bible-belt state, she once referred to Christianity as a religion that “legitimizes and seals male power.”
The Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas notes four major appearances made by Judd so far this month. They were in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Omaha and Washington. None of these cities are in Kentucky.
At her Friday appearance before the American Counseling Association, she remarked that maybe she would use her mother’s garage as her campaign headquarters. Her mother lives in Tennessee, not Kentucky.
“She is doing everything to make this race a Mitch McConnell landslide before it even starts,” said the McConnell ally quoted above.
To that I can only add — Run Ashley, run, and for heaven’s sake, never stop speaking your mind.
Read more at The Daily Caller.
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