Ashley Judd - Ashley Judd's Publicist Fires Back At Senator's Leaked Audio
A publicist for actress Ashley Judd has lashed out at Kentucky Senator Mitch Mcconnell and his 2014 re-election staff after leaked audio from a recent private meeting suggested they were contemplating an attack on the star's mental health issues in a bid to make sure she didn't unseat him.
Judd was expected to run against the Republican for the Senate seat, but she ducked out of the race last month (Mar13) - and now remarks MCConnell and his campaign officials made about the actress' battles with depression have gone public on website MotherJones.com.
Stunned MCConnell has asked Fbi officials to investigate the leak of the audio, in which an unidentified aide suggests the actress is "clearly... emotionally unbalanced", adding, "She's suffered some suicidal tendencies. She was hospitalised for 42 days when she had a mental breakdown in the '90s."
Judd's representative has now released a statement regarding the leaked audio, which reads: "This is yet another example of the politics of personal destruction that embody Mitch MCConnell and are pervasive in Washington, D.C.
"We expected nothing less from Mitch MCConnell and his camp than to take a personal struggle such as depression, which many Americans cope with on a daily basis, and turn it into a laughing matter.
"Every day it becomes clearer how much we need change in Washington from this kind of rhetoric and actions."
Double Jeopardy star Judd, a longtime political activist, emerged as a Democratic Party favourite to challenge MCConnell last year (12), prompting her would-be rival to attack her in an advertisement campaign, warning voters about her "radical Hollywood liberal" views.
She bowed out of the race after a series of Twitter.com posts that read: "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!"