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Following months of political murmurs, Ashley Judd has announced that she does not plan on running for the Kentucky Senate.
The 44-year-old actress says her "responsibilities and energy" at this time need to be focused" on her family, without elaborating. The news comes two months after she and husband Dario Franchitti, a Scottish racecar driver, announced thatthey are ending their 11-year marriage. They have no children.
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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.
Ashley Judd has not yet officially announced if she has decided to run for a Senate seat in her home state of Kentucky, but that did not stop the conservative super PAC American Crossroads from making a pre-emptive strike by mocking the actress in an ad.
The ad, which can be seen below, portrays Judd as "an Obama-following radical Hollywood liberal," who has forgotten her Kentucky roots.
As buzz builds over rumors that Ashley Judd is mulling a run for the U.S. Senate race in her native state of Kentucky, the actress' mother, famed singer Naomi Judd, spoke to Larry King about the subject.
"As of right now, she doesn't know," Naomi Judd said in an interview in January when asked by King on his Ora TV show if Judd is planning to run. "I can tell you she's very interested in changing the world and she knows that politics unfortunately right now is one of the ways she could do that."
Ashley Judd and husband Dario Franchitti, a Scottish racecar driver, are ending their 11-year marriage.
The pair announced the news to People magazine on Tuesday, January 29. They have no children together.
Ashley Judd, known for films such as "Heat" and "Double Jeopardy," appears to be shifting gears and contemplating venturing into the world of politics following recent speculation and reports.
Judd, 44, responded to reports about a possible Senate run while speaking at The Kentucky Society of Washington's Bluegrass Ball on January 19.
Ashley Judd, an actress and native of Kentucky, is mulling a run for the U.S. Senate, a report says, while Rand Paul, a Republican leader and a junior senator in the state, says she is "way damn too liberal" for America.
Politico had earlier this week quoted "four people familiar with the matter" that the 44-year-old Democrat, daughter of country singer Naomi Judd and half sister of country singer Wynonna Judd, is "seriously exploring a 2014 run for the Senate to take on" Republican leader Mitch McConnell. The outlet also said that she is "reportedly also weighing whether to wait until 2016 to instead take on freshman Sen. Rand Paul."
Dario Franchitti and his wife, actress Ashley Judd celebrated Franchitti's big win at the Indianapolis 500 on May 27, thanking fans on their official Twitter accounts on May 28 and posting for photos with Franchitti's trophy.
It was Franchitti's third time winning the big race and he became the 10th driver in the 96 years of Indianapolis to win three or more 500s.
Ashley Judd has penned a scathing rant about what she called the "sexist" and "mean" media reports and online comments about her, surrounding what she dubbed the recent "unusual fullness" of her face, which had spurred plastic surgery rumors.
The speculation began last month after the 43-year-old actress appeared in press interviews and candid photos. Judd, who stars in the new ABC series "Missing," had said at the time that she had taken steroids to combat the flu and a sinus infection. Her spokesperson denied that the actress had had cosmetic work done.
Ashley Judd recently explained why her face has been looking puffier than normal amid plastic surgery speculation.
Judd, 43, is currently promoting her new ABC series "Missing," which premiered on Thursday. Her face has appeared puffier and fuller than usual in recent celebrity photos. She utilized her Twitter account to explain what's really going on.=
Ashley Judd returns to television on March 15 with "Missing," where she portrays a single mother and former CIA agent Becca Winstone, who goes to track down her teenage son who disappeared in Italy.
"There is definitely an element of wish fulfillment because every parent's nightmare is that something will happen to their child and its one of those - I wish I could stop thinking about it but I can't and if something were to happen, of course the dream is that you would be able to completely handle it," Judd told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a recent interview. "That's what Becca Winstone can do, is face anything, face anyone, run, fight, use firearms, as well as be unbelievably canny, however I fail miserably at speaking Czech while flying a helicopter."
Ashley Judd might come across as a kind-hearted do-gooder, but the actress said she got riled up reading the script for her new film "Dolphin Tale" and was angry with the screenwriters.
"I don't know if the other actors knew that Winter was a real dolphin and that the script was based on a true story -- I did not," Judd said in an interview provided by Warner Bros. Pictures. "So it made for a very unique process of discovery where I went from crying and being incredibly moved to being slightly indignant because the screenplay writers had such audacity to create such profoundly sentimental themes and to manipulate my emotions and that they should just be shot for having no respect to all of a sudden it dawning on me that it was actually a true story and I was pretty blown away."