Actress Ashley Judd said Sunday that she is still praying on her decision about whether to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in 2014.
When CQ Roll Call caught up with Judd at the EMILYâ€™s List inauguration brunch, she said she is spending a lot of time considering the run for public office. Recent news reports have indicated Judd is ramping up her exploratory efforts, and she attended the Kentucky State Societyâ€™s Bluegrass Ball on Saturday night.
Before now, she said, she would get annoyed when people would â€œhem and hawâ€ when asked whether they were planning on running for office.
â€œWhen people are considering running, they hedge,â€ she said. â€œI get that now.â€
After staying late at the event and posing for photos, Judd hitched a ride with Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who knows a thing or two about running in a highly competitive and nationally watched Senate race.
Judd, who lives in Tennessee but is a native of Kentucky, said there is a lot to consider, but so far she is enjoying the process of making the decision. Judd has strong ties to EMILYâ€™s List, which seeks to elect Democratic women who support abortion rights to public office. If she does run, it would no doubt be with the heavy support of the powerful political group.
â€œIâ€™ve traveled all over the world,â€ she told CQ Roll Call. â€œThere are no people that have captured my heart, and that I am more dedicated to, than the people of Kentucky.â€
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