President Clinton Seeks Alternative to Ashley Judd in Kentucky Senate Race

Count former President Bill Clinton as the latest Democrat actively worried that Ashley Judd isn't the best person to unseat Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky come 2014.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is being wooed by Clinton himself, Politico reports, to lead the fight against the incumbent senator.

Earlier this month, the former president — a longtime friend of Grimes’s father — privately urged the young secretary of state to mount a Senate bid while assuring Grimes that both he and his wife, Hillary, would get behind her should she decide to take on the powerful Senate GOP leader, according to several sources familiar with the matter....

Some bluntly worry that Judd — an untested actress-turned-activist — would not be able to take down the McConnell machine while causing headaches for Democrats down the ticket because of her staunchly liberal politics in a conservative state. It’s a fear that McConnell’s allies are only too happy to reinforce.

Judd hasn't officially entered the race, but the actress (Olympus Has Fallen) has reached out to Democrat party officials and made what appeared to be the first campaign-like appearance at George Washington University earlier this month.


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