In March 2013, a Fox news The report quoted an unnamed insider as claiming that Ashley Judd planned to run for the United States Senate in 2014. According to the source, Judd was considering running for a Democrat to challenge longtime Kentucky incumbent Mitch McConnell. “At least it’s in Ashley’s head,” the insider claimed. She is committed to many important causes and is withdrawing from the Hollywood spotlight. This seems like the next logical step. I don’t know if she will succeed, but her heart is in the right place. “
However, less than a month later, the wheels of Judd’s campaign fell off before it even started, when it received no support from the state’s democratic establishment. According to HuffPostThe Kentucky Democrats Bigwigs “expressed doubts and opposition” to a Judd campaign, believing it was “too Hollywood” to target voters in the state. She reportedly spoke to the “honored” former Kentucky senator, Wendell H. Ford, who was “friendly but noncommittal” when it came to helping her. “She asked me what I was thinking and I told her,” said Ford.
“After serious and thorough consideration, I realize that my responsibility and energy should focus on my family at this point,” Judd finally explained in a statement from USA today. “Unfortunately, I cannot consider a campaign for the Senate at the moment.”