American Crossroads targets Ashley Judd

Actress Ashley Judd hasn't committed to a Senate campaign in Kentucky, but she's already attracting the attention of American Crossroads, a super PAC advised by Karl Rove.

The web video is only a $10,000 buy, but it gives a sense of how Republicans would attack Judd should she get in the race against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell -- as an Obama-loving liberal who lives in Tennessee.

“Ashley thanks Senator McConnell, Karl Rove, and their negative allies for all the attention as she considers her future political plans, although a decision hasn’t been made yet," a publicist for Judd told Reliable Source.

Meanwhile, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee is out with its own ad attacking McConnell for opposing new gun legislation. In the ad, a gun-owning veteran says McConnell is against "common-sense reform" because he's "funded by the gun industry." Again, it's a small buy -- $27,700.

A recent poll found that only 17 percent of registered voters plan to support McConnell in 2014, including only 34 percent of Republicans. But Democrats don't have a strong candidate in the Bluegrass State; the Fix has explained why Judd is not an ideal challenger. Kentucky Democrats are divided on whether her candidacy would be good for the party.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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