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‘Strip-Mining Opponent Ashley Judd . . .’

You knew Ashley Judd was considering running for Senate in Kentucky in 2014.

Actress and activist Ashley Judd said Saturday she is “taking a close look” at running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the 2014 race.

Judd would not say whether she had decided to mount a campaign, but her brief comments in an interview with The Courier-Journal and Politico were the strongest indication yet that she may be a serious candidate.

“The people of Kentucky need a fighter,” Judd said as she walked through a Washington hotel lobby on her way to the Kentucky Society of Washington’s Bluegrass Ball. “And certainly going back 10 generations, I’ve got some fighters from those hills in my family.”

I’m intrigued by the way the Courier-Journal environmental columnist, James Bruggers, labels Judd on first reference:

Strip mining opponent Ashley Judd finally spoke up on the speculation she’s helped foster regarding a possible Senate run against Mitch McConnell.

He goes on to point out:

Since I’ve been in the state, anyway, and that is about 13 years, I cannot think of one candidate who successfully ran for a statewide audience who hasn’t, essentially, pledged allegiance to the coal industry and supported surfacing mining in the mountains.


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