(NEW YORK) — Democrats believe that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell could be ripe for defeat when he runs for reelection in Kentucky next year.
But they also don’t think actress Ashley Judd is the right candidate to take down the Republican stalwart.
It’s Judd’s liberal policies and activism that scare Democrats, even as she hasn’t officially announced her intentions yet, so without much fanfare, the party is wooing Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state.
At 34, Grimes is still a relative newcomer to Kentucky politics, having only served a year on office. But her family has deep roots in the state’s Democratic party and with enough coaxing, Grimes might be convinced to make a run for the U.S. Senate instead of the governor’s seat or Congress.
There’s so much interest in a potential Grimes candidacy that even Bill Clinton has gotten involved, reportedly telling the secretary of state that he and wife Hillary Clinton would campaign for her if she decides to pull the trigger.
Still, Judd has more name recognition despite her baggage and could probably raise more in campaign funds than Grimes, at least initially.
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