LOS ANGELES â€“ Ashley Judd has yet to officially announce her political aspirations, but a source with intimate knowledge of the situation tells FOX411â€™s Pop Tarts column the actress is preparing herself to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his Kentucky seat in 2014.
â€œAt least in Ashleyâ€™s mind, it is happening,â€ said the insider. â€œShe has devoted herself to many important causes and stepped away from the Hollywood spotlight so this seems like the logical next step. I donâ€™t know if she will be successful, but her heart is in the right place.â€
Judd, 44, has reportedly been meeting with well-financed Democratic donors, and last week ventured to Washington D.C for more public engagements.According to Don Peebles, Chairman and CEO of The Peebles Corporation, a member of President Obamaâ€™s National Finance Committee, and Vice-Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, a Judd run is likely much more than a Hollywood fantasy.
â€œThere looks to be a lot of noise around her running and sheâ€™s been active in commenting on politics of the day so it is certainly possible,â€ he said.
â€œSenate Minority Leader McConnellâ€™s approval ratings are low, and a lot of reports show that he is vulnerable to a challenge. While Kentucky leans right, it is not as conservative as most of its neighbors and the voters of Kentucky may be looking to send a message that they donâ€™t feel fairly represented by Minority Leader McConnell.â€
So is Judd’s move from Hollywood star to thoughtful humanitarian impressive enough for Kentuckians to take her seriously?
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