An Ashley Judd Senate campaign is barely more than rumor and hypothetical now — but a conservative super PAC is already coming out swinging.
In a new Web ad, Karl Rove-affiliated American Crossroads dings the actress with soundbites from her own speeches and interviews unlikely to play well in conservative Kentucky: One where she vows “I will go wherever the president wants me to go,” another where she proclaims herself “a radical”; she also sings the praises of Obamacare.
But possibly most damning? The clip where the possible Mitch McConnell challenger tells an audience: “It just clicked: Tennessee is home.”
Indeed, the Kentucky native and UK grad’s primary residence is currently near Nashville. The quote comes from a speech she gave to the Tennessee delegation at the Democratic National Convention in September, where she explained at greater length her family roots and growing up on both sides of the border.
In an emailed statement, a publicist for Judd responded: “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.”
An American Crossroads rep told us they’re spending $10,000 to place the video via Web advertising.
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