Some Tennessee Democrats are still hoping to get actress Ashley Judd to run for the U.S. Senate from Tennessee—and they may be getting some help from Karl Rove.
Rove’s American Crossroads super PAC is running an ad in Kentucky that features a continuous loop of Judd saying “It just clicked, Tennessee is home.” The airplay of Judd addressing Tennessee Democrats is in response to Washington Democrats trying to talk Judd into opposing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Kentucky is where Judd grew up, though she presently lives in Nashville and was a delegate in the Tennessee Democratic contingent to the convention pledged to President Barack Obama.
Rove told Fox News he will be running more ads “defining” Judd as a Hollywood liberal (from Nashville?) to prevent her from jumping in at the last minute and riding her fame to the Senate. McConnell seat mate, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, has also attacked Judd as supporting a ban on mountaintop mining, noting that Eastern Kentucky’s economy is based on coal.
A National Democratic Committee member predicted that Obama-friendly PACs would raise upwards of $25 million for Judd in an effort to unseat McConnell.
Meanwhile, Judd is still living in Nashville and has split with her husband Dario Franchitti, a race-car driver. Politico notes that means Judd won’t be spending time at her Scotland home with Franchitti and thus may indicate she is free to pursue a political career.