(Image source: U.S. Senate/AshleyJudd.com)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

Kentucky’s most powerful politician could potentially face a challenger with star power.

In 2014, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell could be running against actress Ashley Judd.

That, per reporting from Politico’s Manu Raju, who says the Hollywood star is “seriously exploring” a bid for Senate.

RAJU: “She’s starting to discuss a possible bid with various senators and congressmen. ... She met with a pollster up in New York and spoke with him about what it would be like to run.”

It’s not a done deal — in fact Raju characterizes it as “putting out feelers.” But the news sparked interest on local newscasts around the country.

KUSA: “Analysts say her famous name and celebrity status would make her a considerable opponent in the race for office.”

WPSD: “Judd's spokeswoman refused comment beyond an earlier statement that said she was quote ‘very honored’ by the consideration.”

But Judd isn’t totally new to politics. In addition to environmental activism work, this past election cycle, she endorsed President Obama in a web video.

JUDD: “Be a part of maintaining change and progress for our beloved country.”

But if she did take the plunge, she’d face at least some difficulty in the conservative state. Her own grandmother called her a “Hollywood liberal” in an interview with the Associated Press.

And Kentucky went for Mitt Romney 61 percent to Barack Obama’s 38 percent this past election cycle.

Both of Kentucky’s senators are Republicans, and so are all but ONE of the state’s six U.S. representatives of the 113th Congress.

Anyway this might be much ado about nothing. If she runs against a 5-term incumbent, The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake says, history is not on her side.

“A cursory look at the history of celebrities and athletes who run for political office reveals that most of them either (1) lose or (2) win lower-profile races like mayor or House member.”

Ashley Judd vs. Mitch McConnell for Senate in 2014?

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Dec 4, 2012

Ashley Judd vs. Mitch McConnell for Senate in 2014?

(Image source: U.S. Senate/AshleyJudd.com)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

Kentucky’s most powerful politician could potentially face a challenger with star power.

In 2014, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell could be running against actress Ashley Judd.

That, per reporting from Politico’s Manu Raju, who says the Hollywood star is “seriously exploring” a bid for Senate.

RAJU: “She’s starting to discuss a possible bid with various senators and congressmen. ... She met with a pollster up in New York and spoke with him about what it would be like to run.”

It’s not a done deal — in fact Raju characterizes it as “putting out feelers.” But the news sparked interest on local newscasts around the country.

KUSA: “Analysts say her famous name and celebrity status would make her a considerable opponent in the race for office.”

WPSD: “Judd's spokeswoman refused comment beyond an earlier statement that said she was quote ‘very honored’ by the consideration.”

But Judd isn’t totally new to politics. In addition to environmental activism work, this past election cycle, she endorsed President Obama in a web video.

JUDD: “Be a part of maintaining change and progress for our beloved country.”

But if she did take the plunge, she’d face at least some difficulty in the conservative state. Her own grandmother called her a “Hollywood liberal” in an interview with the Associated Press.

And Kentucky went for Mitt Romney 61 percent to Barack Obama’s 38 percent this past election cycle.

Both of Kentucky’s senators are Republicans, and so are all but ONE of the state’s six U.S. representatives of the 113th Congress.

Anyway this might be much ado about nothing. If she runs against a 5-term incumbent, The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake says, history is not on her side.

“A cursory look at the history of celebrities and athletes who run for political office reveals that most of them either (1) lose or (2) win lower-profile races like mayor or House member.”

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