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Ashley Judd turns down Senate bid — for now

Actress Ashley Judd will not be running for senate after all, citing some very personal reasons — but that doesn’t mean her dream is over.

The Buzz – Ashley Judd is Not Running for Senate
The political activist decided against running in the next campaign.

Despite lots of chatter over the past several months, Ashley Judd will not be running for Senate after all.

The actress and activist considered a run in her home state of Kentucky, but decided to skip it to spend more time with her family in the wake of her split from race car driver Dario Franchitti.

“Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate,” Judd tweeted Wednesday. “I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months who expressed their desire for a fighter for the people & new leader.

“While that won’t be me at this time, I will continue to work as hard as I can to ensure the needs of Kentucky families are met by returning this Senate seat to whom it rightfully belongs: the people & their needs, dreams, and great potential.”

She went into greater detail about her decision on her website, writing, “After hearing your voices and stories — your dreams for your families and the many hurts you’ve experienced — it’s profoundly clear Kentucky needs leaders in Washington who will fight for your interests. And it’s time Kentucky had an alternative to the cynical politics and self-serving tactics of Mitch McConnell.”

“It would be the greatest honor of my life to be entrusted as a public servant to our beloved Kentucky. Perhaps someday I will be. However, with the help of my pastors and mentors, I have thoughtfully and prayerfully concluded that I won’t run for the United States Senate at this time.”

But that doesn’t mean we should count her out completely. Judd hints that sometime in the future, a political career is still in the cards for her.

“I have never been intimidated by the prospect of serving Kentucky — and I remain unafraid of the Washington insider political machine that has controlled this Senate seat for three decades,” she wrote.

“I am more resolved than ever that this kind of politics as usual — and the egregious abuses that have become all too common in the public space — must end.”

Meanwhile, Judd is focusing on her acting career again, which she had put on hold to pursue a master’s degree. Her new flick Olympus Has Fallen is in theaters now.

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