WASHINGTON -- Ashley Judd put an end to speculation about a potential turn from acting to politics Wednesday, announcing that she would not challenge Mitch McConnell for his Senate seat in 2014.
In a series of Twitter messages, Judd thanked her would-be supporters for their encouragement but said she needed to focus her energy on her family.
“I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months who expressed their desire for a fighter for the people & new leader,” Judd wrote. “While that won't be me at this time, I will continue to work as hard as I can to ensure the needs of Kentucky families are met by returning this Senate seat to whom it rightfully belongs: the people & their needs, dreams, and great potential. Thanks for even considering me as that person & know how much I love our Commonwealth.”
Democrats, with few other obvious GOP targets in the coming midterm election, have identified McConnell as one of their top priorities. As the leader of Senate Republicans, he has stymied much of President Obama’s agenda even though Democrats have held on to the majority throughout his term.