Gov. Steve Beshear planning on meeting with Ashley Judd

02/21/2013 03:13 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear told reporters in the state Capitol that Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ashley Judd has been trying to meet with him and that’s he will “be arranging” to talk with her.

Judd has been meeting in the last week with high profile Democratic donors in Louisville – which Pure Politics first reported .

WFPL’s Kenny Colston asked Beshear if he had been in contact with Judd regarding her possible challenge to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014.

“She’s been trying to arrange and will be arranging some more conversations here in the next month or so,” Beshear said after being asked if the two were talking about her possible Senate run.

Beshear said he thought she could be a “very serious candidate” but that he would encourage as many people as possible to run against McConnell.

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  • Cat Balz wrote on February 21, 2013 03:37 PM :

    Governor Beshear needs to meet with Ashley ASAP. She has a perfectly good Plan B for expanded gambling in Kentucky, and she has some great ideas on tax reform based upon her many years residing in one of our border states.

  • viewer wrote on February 22, 2013 07:59 AM :

    Congrats to Ryan and crew at Pure Politics for making Politico this morning. Well done guys.

  • sallysue wrote on February 22, 2013 09:24 AM :

    I like Ashley Judd but she hasn’t lived in Ky for many years and she has zero political experience as far as I know so a run for U.S. senator seems a bit of a stretch. Why doesn’t she start out a bit lower down and work her way up like most people do.

  • C05EDEN wrote on February 22, 2013 09:54 AM :

    She doesn’t have to start farther down on the totem pole because she has near universal name ID, unlimited fundraising potential, and – contrary to what conservatives would have you believe – she is immensely popular with the people in this state! And this residence issue is a joke, Mitch has lived in his DC mansion for 20 years, his residence here is an empty house collecting dust, and he only comes home when it benefits him. Ashley will have plenty of time to explain her positions, and she is very smart and astute, she will do fine. Most of all, people are so fed up with Mitch and his friends in DC, they are looking for a reason to vote him out!

  • Jeanie Embry wrote on February 22, 2013 11:20 AM :

    We need a REAL Democrat to run against McConn. Judd has the biggest cojones of any potential Dem candidate I can think of.. It’s time for an Alben Barkley Democrat, a give ‘em hell Harry Democrat to represent KY’s interests!! It is refreshing to think someone as passionate as Judd would want to relocate back to her roots to take on McConn. Finally, I’m excited at the thought of getting passionately behind a candidate that truly represents ME!!!

  • Jeanie Embry wrote on February 22, 2013 11:42 AM :

    Check out Elaine Chao’s Google Plus page and according to her Google Plus profile she lives in Washington, DC. Knowing full well Elaine wouldn’t fib about where she lives..a $1,227,220 piece of property in Washington, DC. that belongs to Mitch McConnell, 217 C St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20002 to be exact, and according to Block Shopper Elaine L. Chao was the property seller and Elaine L. Chao and Mitchell A McConnell were the buyers. Mitch McConnell paid $10,430 in property taxes on the property in 2012.

    Article I Section 3 of our Constitution says: “When elected, be an inhabitant of that state for which he shall be chosen” but members of Congress seem to think Article I Section 3 of our Constitution doesn’t apply to them. So before Karl Rove and Steven Law over at American Crossroads make snide remarks about Ashley Judd and Tennessee, I suggest they take a look at where Senator Mitch McConnell lives.

  • Eye Opener wrote on February 22, 2013 12:52 PM :

    Lets run a candidate who continues to push Obama’s anti-coal stance in a state where 92% of our electricity comes from coal.

    If your anti-coal and like Ashley Judd as a Democratic Candidate, then turn off all your coal powered electric appliances, sell your cars and trucks, buy a bicycle and use the rest of the proceeds to donate to Ashleys Judds campaign. See how far that gets you.

    We need a much better Democratic candidate to run

  • Craig wrote on February 22, 2013 01:14 PM :

    Come on Ashley, get in the race. What a great nose to bloody up!

  • Jerry wrote on February 22, 2013 04:08 PM :

    Mitch has had a home in Louisville for years. You lefties should know since your groups contantly try to protest there. I went to UK with Ashley, and if you think she has a serious chance then I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. She makes Obama look like a ragin conservative and we all know how well he performed last year in this state. Just ask the Democratic State House members in competitive districts about their enthusiasm for Ashley and you’ll see just how little enthusiasm there is for this outside of the far left circles in Lexington and Louisville. Mitch won’t have to run any ads about her residency he’ll get plenty of ammo out of her statements on coal. If you don’t think coal is a big deal, just ask Ben Chandler. No statewide Democrat has ever won without the support of the UMWA, and its hard to see how they will support her given her statements on coal and her support for the Obama administration’s war on coal. This will be as big of a joke on the left as Christine O’Donnell was in Delaware a couple of years ago on the right.

  • Amy B. wrote on February 24, 2013 08:52 AM :

    Ms. Judd has a great deal of advocacy experience with conservation as well as with women’s and children’s programs. Politics is more than just acting is legislative capacity; it’s working with, advocating for, and taking action on behalf of issues that impact the region.

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