Actress Ashley Judd could add “U.S. Senate” to her resume soon as she considers a new career in politics. According to Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth, Judd has already begun exploring her options through polling, opposition research, and fundraising, and is ready to make a difference in the world of politics.
“She’s been engaged in public policy questions for a number of years,” Yarmuth, a Democrat, told MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts on Tuesday. “I’ve been on programs with her—for instance, in opposition to mountaintop removal mining…This is somebody who has always been very involved in issues and very interested in politics, and she sees an opportunity to make a difference now.”
Yarmuth has previously said that Judd should be seen as a “serious potential candidate,” and could very much be a threat to Sen. Mitch McConnell or Sen. Rand Paul if she chose to run. ”I think acting may have lost a little of its luster for her, so she’s looking to make a difference in a different way,” Yarmuth added.
Rumors about Judd’s potential run surfaced last month after reports surfaced of discussions the actress had with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Democratic pollsters. Sen. Rand Paul told a Washington radio station in December that Judd was “too damn liberal” to run for Senate.
Watch Rep. Yarmuth’s full interview on MSNBC: