Ashley Judd for governor? The actress tells Larry King it's a possibility

02/02/2015 03:21 PM

She’ll have to wait at least one election cycle if she decides to run, but Hollywood actress Ashley Judd is still flirting with Kentucky politics, telling Larry King a governorship sounds “interesting.”

Judd, who came within a breath of challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in last year’s election, told talk show host Larry King that she is intrigued by the position of governor in Kentucky — laying out a potential platform.

“Governor seems like an interesting position too, particularly in Kentucky, where we have a mono-economy, really abusive mineral extraction, pervasive poverty, low educational attainment,” Judd said on King’s Ora TV show “Larry King Now” Friday.

“We’re really low on all the different social indices and because of my work in developing economies I actually — both as a Kentuckian and someone who’s traveled around the world a lot — have a deep bench on that stuff. And so that seemed like a possibility, but I also want to emphasize that I know that right now, I’m exactly where I am supposed to be.”

Unlike her potential run for U.S. Senate, Judd does not qualify to run for governor. A candidate must be at least 30 years old and be a state resident for six years.

Judd bought a house in Ashland in March of 2013, according to a report by The Lexington Herald-Leader.

Kentuckians will elect the state’s next governor this fall. Attorney General Jack Conway is the only prominent Democrat in the race while Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Louisville real estate developer Hal Heiner, former state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott and former U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin are vying for the GOP nomination.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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