Politics & Government

Ashley Judd calls top Democrats in Kentucky House

Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd

FRANKFORT — Actress Ashley Judd, a potential Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in Kentucky, has reached out to top Democrats in the state House.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, confirmed Wednesday that Judd tried to call him. Stumbo said Judd left a message on his personal cell phone. She must have been confused, Stumbo said, because she left a message for House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins.

Stumbo said he returned Judd's call and left a message for her but has not yet spoken with her.

House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark, D-Louisville, said he did speak with Judd, who asked to meet with him soon. Clark said he told Judd a meeting would likely have to wait for several weeks because of the ongoing legislative session, which is scheduled to conclude March 26.

Clark said Judd gave him no indication about whether she plans to run for U.S. Senate, presumably against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

"She just asked to meet with me," Clark said, adding that his wife was jealous.

Judd, a resident of Tennessee with deep roots in Kentucky, has been mulling a possible run against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for several months.

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