Ashley Judd, who campaigned for President Obama, and served as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention, is being talked up by Kentucky party officials as a possible contender in 2014 for the U.S. Senate, when Republican Mitch McConnell will face reelection.
The buzz was enough for her to release a statement today to Us magazine.
“I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I’m very honored by the
consideration, we have just finished an election, so let’s focus on
coming together to keep moving America’s families, and especially our
kids, forward,” Judd said.
Big Democratic victories often inspire politically active celebrities to consider elective office, most often ending with a decision against it. After Obama win in 2008, Alec Baldwin talked of running for mayor of New York, and Val Kilmer huddled with D.C consultants in hopes of running for governor of New Mexico. But then realities set in: The good, the bad and the ugly of their public and private lives will be dredged up over and over again, without the protective layer of a personal publicity machine to help craft their image. You could argue that with TMZ and Us, stars really don’t get that anymore, but the difference is that their is a wider amount of scrutiny that Judd or any other celebrities will face as a politician, namely personal finances and any statement they have ever made in the public eye.