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Ashley Judd meets with Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee officials

02/21/2013 by Nichole Hamilton

Ashley Judd may be one step closer to embracing a political future.

The 44-year-old actress, who has been mulling over a possible Senate run against Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, privately met with officials at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) in Washington earlier this week, according to Politico.

The political outlet cites one person familiar with the matter as saying that Tuesday's appearance was Judd's first formal meeting with officials at the DSCC, which coordinates strategy, recruits and fundraises on behalf of Democratic Senate candidates.

Officials from the DSCC refused to comment, saying they would not discuss candidate recruitment.

Earlier this month, the conservative super PAC American Crossroads mocked Judd in an attack ad, portraying the actress as "an Obama-following radical Hollywood liberal," who has forgotten her Kentucky roots.

The video cuts to clips of Judd proclaiming her loyalty to Obama, calling Tennessee her home and making a reference to "hillbillies," though it is unclear who Judd was talking about for the hillbillies comment. The ad even quotes Judd's grandmother calling the actress a "Hollywood liberal," in a November 2012 interview. The Tennessee reference stems from the fact that Judd has lived in the state for several years.

The ad was set to air in targeted zip code areas in Kentucky. Judd has not confirmed that she is planning to run for Senate in Kentucky in 2014 and the last update she gave to the press about the situation was that she was "taking a close look at it."

"I am incredibly honored and frankly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support - that the people of Kentucky are interested in having me represent them is the greatest honor of my life so far, and I am certainly taking a close look at it," the 44-year-old actress explained in Washington in January, according to Politico.

Judd, a noted Democrat, would be running against the Republican Senate Minority Leader, McConnell, who is in his fifth term.

Rumblings of Judd's possible Senate run began in December. In January, the actress' mother, famed singer Naomi Judd, spoke to Larry King about the subject. The singer explained that while her daughter was still unsure of a possible senate run, she was "very interested in changing the world," and knew that "politics is a way to do that."

For the past four years, Judd has donated at least $7,500 to Democratic causes, including the first election campaign of President Barack Obama.

Judd is known for films such as "Kiss The Girls," "Double Jeopardy" and "Heat" and the short-lived ABC series "Missing." She and husband Dario Franchitti announced in late January that they were ending their 11-year marriage.

Check out the attack ad below.

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