Eastern Kentucky Democrat suggests a Grimes-Judd tag team for 2014 and 2016

03/29/2013 08:35 AM

Ashley Judd won’t be running for U.S. Senate in 2014 but could lay the groundwork for a future statewide run if she makes a few more friends around the state, one Eastern Kentucky Democratic lawmaker said.

Rep. Leslie Combs, D-Pikeville, said she has been supporting Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to run for the Senate next year. And she said she sees a potential for Grimes and Judd to help each other over the next three years.

“I think in a lot of respects, they might make a different team,” Combs said (3:20 of the interview). She said Judd might have had views that “weren’t in sync with a lot of the regions of the state. But I do think Ashley has a lot to bring with a certain segment of our party. I think she would be very helpful to Alison in terms of being helpful in those areas where Democrats are more liberal.”

So Judd could help Grimes with liberals in 2014 and Grimes could help Judd connect with more conservative and rural Democrats in preparation for a potential run perhaps for U.S. Senate in 2016, Combs said.

Meanwhile, some Democrats who had been hoping for a Judd candidacy began buzzing about former Congressman Ben Chandler on Wednesday night after Judd announced she wouldn’t run. Chandler, however, would have some of the same problems in coal-producing areas that Judd did, Combs said. (Watch that part at 4:45).


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