Ashley Judd announces on Twitter she won't run for U.S. Senate

03/27/2013 04:19 PM

Actress Ashley Judd ended one of the juiciest political dramas of the year — and her potential candidacy for U.S. Senate — with a five-part tweet Wednesday afternoon saying she wouldn’t run in 2014.

Judd had been starring in media reports for the last four months as she considered taking on Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. She had convinced many Kentucky Democrats, including U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville, that she would, indeed, make the run.

But in her tweeted statement she started writing at 5:10 p.m., she said she is “currently unable to consider” running.

Here’s her full tweet:

After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family. Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate. I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months who expressed their desire for a fighter for the people & new leader. 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. Thank you!

Judd’s decision was first reported by the Washington Post , among others, quoting sources.

Yarmuth said as recently as two weeks ago said he would be “shocked” if Judd didn’t run.

“Congressman Yarmuth has said all along that he would be surprised if Ashley Judd did not run for Senate. And he is surprised. And while he is disappointed because he believes she would have been a good candidate, he is confident a strong candidate will emerge to run against Sen. McConnell, the most vulnerable member of the Senate. And he is looking forward to helping with that effort,” said Yarmuth’s spokesman Stephen George in a statement to Pure Politics.

Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon also issued a statement saying the focus about the 2014 race should be on pointing out flaws with McConnell.

“I have great respect and admiration for Ashley Judd’s humanitarian work and passion for Kentucky. This race was never about Ashley Judd. It’s about 30 years of Mitch McConnell repeatedly sacrificing the needs of Kentuckians for his own pursuit of power,” Logsdon said in the statement. “I’m confident we will have a candidate who can give Kentuckians the voice in Washington they deserve.”

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