Ashley Judd: "Currently Unable" to Run For Senate
After lots of consideration and thought, Ashley Judd announced on Wednesday that she will not be running for a U.S. Senate seat in 2014 (March 27).
The "Missing" star would have challenged Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's position in Kentucky.
In a statement released on her Twitter account, she begins, "Dear Friends, Thank you for these months of remarkable support & encouragement, for your voices, exhortations, & prayers. I have decided. After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family."
Sorry to let down her supporters, she continues, "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 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."
Perhaps keeping the option open for later, the 44-year-old actress concludes, "Thanks for even considering me as that person & know how much I love our Commonwealth. Thank you!"