Judd still looking to move back to Kentucky for race in the future, Democratic advisor says

04/10/2013 11:07 AM

In what was probably the most reported on tweet in political history since the Anthony Weiner scandal, actress Ashley Judd’s run against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell was put on hold in 140 characters.

The brief media frenzy that ensued before she ended speculation could all come back to the commonwealth. Jonathan Miller, the former two-term state treasurer and one-time gubernatorial and congressional candidate, told Pure Politics that Judd might move back to her old Kentucky home.

“I do really think she’s thinking about moving back to Kentucky permanently,” Miller said in an in-studio interview with Pure Politics.

Miller said Judd decided the timing was off for the 2013 race. “Now’s not the right time,” he said.

Some state Democrats had been rumbling that a Judd race against McConnell could cost down ticket seats in an unstable Democratic House majority. There was also plenty of talk about where exactly Judd would list for her permanent address after she has spent most of her time in recent years in Tennessee. But all that could clear up soon and a revamped Judd could emerge Miller said.

“She was energized by all the support. I do think that she’s really looking to moving back to Kentucky permanently. I do think there is a real possibility of her running for another office down the line,” Miller said. “If she does all these complaints about residency or not touching all her bases or not paying her dues by that point she’ll be set.”

Miller said Judd has already expressed to him that she would like to help whomever the Democratic nominee turns out to be. And that help during the 2014 campaign could improve her chances at a future race.

“Whether it is Rand Paul in ’16 — or he might not even run because he might be running for president — it’s congress sometime or statewide office, she will be in a better position,” Miller said.

Judd is described by Miller as ‘Clintonian’ in her dealings with people on the grassroots one-on-one level, “A lot of the skeptics in this race will be blown over once she decides to come back.”

Miller addressed rumors that had been circulating as Judd considered her race – including a quote from the Huffington Post t in March. A source inside a private dinner at fundraiser Christy Brown’s home told the reporter how she Judd said she knew she could handle a race against McConnell.

“I have been raped twice, so I think I can handle Mitch McConnell,” reporter Howard Fineman printed in the article.

The problem, Miller said, was that he was there and he never heard that comment.

“I wrote about how things like that got published and became part of the fabric. Republican websites were trying to compare her to (former U.S. Rep.) Todd Akin for comparing rape to political campaigns,” Miller said. “When in fact that kind of statement – at least publicly was never made.”

While the future is up in the air for Judd and her political aspirations in the Bluegrass state the Democrats still have not landed a top tier candidate to challenge McConnell. And that is cause for concern for Miller.

“I’m hoping Alison Lundergan Grimes decides to run. If she does, and she is our nominee, I will strongly support her. If she doesn’t there are rumors about (former Kentucky U.S. Rep.) Ben Chandler running. I’m a huge fan of his, and I think he’d beat McConnell pretty soundly,” Miller said. “What I’m scared of is that all of these big candidates aren’t going to run and we’re going to be left either with nobody or running against McConnell or a very fine state legislator – who will have zero name recognition and no ability to raise funds.”

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm joined cn|2 in December 2011 as a reporter for Pure Politics. Throughout his career, Nick has covered several big political stories up close, including interviewing President Barack Obama on the campaign trail back in 2008. Nick says he loves being at the forefront of Kentucky politics and working with the brightest journalists in the commonwealth. Follow Nick on Twitter @Nick_Storm. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.



  • Cat Balz wrote on April 10, 2013 11:43 AM :

    Ah,yes, nothing says good ol’ working class Kaintucks like a private dinner at Christy Brown’s mansion. There’s probably no other city its size in the U.S. which is run by so few as is Louisville. As for Jonathan “The Virtuous” Miller, when does this guy find time to practice law? Ashley’s not running…end scene for Pete’s sake! Fini.

  • Cat Balz wrote on April 10, 2013 12:20 PM :

    P.S. Should Ashley ever move back to Kentucky as a legal resident, here’s your first headline…Ashley Judd Sacrifices 6 Per Cent Of Millions To Be Called A Kentuckian…Go Cats!

  • Hannah955 wrote on April 12, 2013 03:18 PM :

    Did Mr. Miller follow Ms. Judd around that dinner like a slavish puppy? Did he stand a half step behind her at all times, even when she was circulating and speaking to other people? Did he wear a diaper so he wouldn’t have to leave her side even for a second to go to the bathroom? Point being, he doesn’t know whether she did or didn’t say that. Somebody who was there said she did say it.

    And who cares? She’s not running. And she’s not moving to Kentucky. Her half-sister gave her a house and 10 acres of land in Tennessee – Ashley Judd has never paid for housing in her life (or for a car, from what I hear). She’s pathologically cheap, she wouldn’t move to Kentucky and PAY for housing when she’s been living off her sister’s generosity for the past 20 years.

    Also, with her oversized ego, she’d never run for anything less than the United States Senate. That means Paul’s seat in 2016 or she’d have to wait until 2020 when McConnell would most likely retire.

    Besides, isn’t she backing off to “focus on family?” I wonder who exactly that family is. Not her soon-to-be-ex-husband, who surely is relieved he’s well out of that hot mess; not her half-sister and mother, who are so symbiotically intertwined with each other, and have been for 48 years, that there’s no room for poor widdle Ashwee, as she whines over and over in her memoir. Maybe she’s talking about her two support dogs that she takes everywhere. Or her five support cats?

    And anyway, all of her nutty statements are still out there on the record, those aren’t going anywhere. Whether McConnell or someone else faces her in an election – and whether that opponent chooses to expoit that “haystack of needles” (great phrase, by the way) – SOMEBODY WILL. Some unaffiliated PAC, most likely. Like Progress KY only on the Republican side.

    She’s making a good penny as a professional victim on her “Three Time Survivor of Rape” tour – she should stick to that. As H.L. Mencken said, nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American people.

    But should she decide she does want to run for nationwide office, she has a few years to develop opinions on the things with which United States Senators actually are concerned: the economy. national security. foreign policy. the deficit. Subjects on which she has never uttered a word, because she knows nothing about them.

    Because something tells me that our fine Senators do not spend much time talking about AIDS in Africa, or rape. The only two things on which she appears to be an expert.

    And finally, about those three “rapes?” Did they occur since 2011 when she wrote her book? Because there’s absolutely no evidence of rape in her book. Unless you count:

    1) a pervy old man paying her a quarter to sit on his lap when she was little. She willingly does this, and he attempts to french kiss her

    2) the “covert sexual abuse” she suffered when she heard her parents having sex through thin apartment walls (did they rape her ears?)

    3) an agent in Japan who made advances to her when she was modeling there (she was apparently too naive and insecure to just TURN HIM DOWN? contrast that with her equally naive and inexperienced half-sister Wynonna, who tells the story of how a man forced her into the back seat of a car and covered her mouth so forcefully that her braces cut her lip; she PUNCHED HIM as hard as she could and got the hell out of there)

    4) an unnamed husband of a female relative who “groomed” her for sexual abuse – about which she is extremely vague, even as to her age at the time.

    As for “slander?” A lawyer friend of mine told me “the truth is an absolute defense against a charge of defamation” IOW, it ain’t slander if it’s TRUE.

  • Cat Balz wrote on April 12, 2013 04:13 PM :

    Raped three times and never a charge filed?

  • Jane wrote on April 13, 2013 12:17 PM :

    I totally agree with what both Cat Balz and Hannah 955 have stated. Ashley Judd feels that Kentucky owes her and she’ll step on Kentucky to get what she wants. Judd has demonstrated that everything she does is for self promotion.

  • Get Real wrote on April 14, 2013 06:28 PM :

    What Hannah 955 and Cat Balz said!!

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