Ashley Judd - Ashley Judd Officially Out Of U.s. Senate Race

Actress Ashley Judd has officially ruled herself out of running for a seat in the U.S. Senate, ending months of speculation about a potential move into politics.

The Double Jeopardy star and longtime political activist emerged as a favourite Democratic Party candidate to challenge Republican Mitch MCConnell for his job as a U.S. senator in recent months - even prompting her would-be rival to attack her in a new advertisement and warn voters about her "radical Hollywood liberal" views.

She appeared to entertain the idea by meeting with representatives from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (Dscc) in Washington, D.C. in February (13), but Judd - who recently split from her husband, racing driver Dario Franchitti - has since decided against a political run, insisting her efforts would be better focused on her family - for now.

In a series of posts on her Twitter.com page on Wednesday (27Mar13), she writes, "Dear Friends, Thank you for these months of remarkable support & encouragement, for your voices, exhortations, & prayers. I have decided. Please know that is my voice & truth; don't fool with the distortions!

"After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family.

"Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate. 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.

"Thanks for even considering me as that person & know how much I love our Commonwealth. Thank you!"


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