The following detail was buried in a recent National Journal piece on actress and potential Democratic Senate candidate Ashley Judd following her speech last week at George Washington University:
Judd didn’t just waltz in solo to her event at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services. She was accompanied by security and university officials and, notably, Jess McIntosh, communications director for EMILY’s List. That would be the same EMILY’s List, the group dedicated to electing women who support abortion rights, which has been working for months behind the scenes to get Judd into the race.
EMILY’s List is a hefty contributor to Democratic Senate candidates, having spent more than $4.5 million on direct contributions in 2012, on top of more than $8 million in outside expenditures, and is a prominent agitator in the so-called War on Women (the vast majority of that outside spending went toward attacking Republicans). EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock penned on op-ed Tuesday singling out Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) –Judd’s potential opponent — for “selling out women and families.”
If anything, it’s a sign that big money on the left is prepared to back Judd should she decide to challenge McConnell in 2014. Not that anyone expects Judd has a shot at winning the seat in such a conservative state; Kentucky Republicans are actively rooting for her to get in the race. But it may be an encouraging indication of the Democratic party’s hubris coming off their (admittedly strong) performance in 2012 Senate races.