Showing posts with label Ashley Judd. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ashley Judd. Show all posts

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ashley Judd Says No; But Turtle Still Needs to Worry about Grimes

Image via POLITICO

Via Christian Science Monitor

The Democrats are “zero for 10” in recruitment for the race, the National Republican Senatorial Committee declared Thursday, following actress Ashley Judd’s announcement that she’s out.

But Senator McConnell, who is trying for an unprecedented (for Kentucky) sixth term, can’t sit easy. Polls show he’s unpopular, both on the left and the tea-party right, and Democrats have another potential candidate in the wings: Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Former President Bill Clinton met with Secretary Grimes earlier this month and encouraged her to run for the Senate, not the House or for governor, as she is reportedly considering, according to ABC News. Grimes is young, photogenic, and politically connected. Her father, Jerry Lundergan, is a former state party chairman and longtime supporter of both Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

I WANT!

Via Huffington Post

Actress Ashley Judd was a huge supporter of President Barack Obama during his reelection campaign. Now she's reportedly exploring options to take down one of his biggest congressional adversaries.

Politico reports that Judd is looking into mounting a Democratic challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), citing discussions with sources with knowledge of the situation. Dan Logsdon, chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party, told Politico that he'd heard the considerations were "serious."

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), who optimistically weighed in on the initial round of speculation floated last month, similarly told Politico that he had heard Judd was "serious" about the potential move to politics. Some sources, however, have suggested that she might wait until 2016, when she could challenge freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

Judd, a Golden Globe-nominated actress with deep ancestry in Kentucky, addressed the rumors in a statement last month.

"I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I'm very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election, so let's focus on coming together to keep moving America's families, and especially our kids, forward," she said.

And while the possibility of bringing in Judd's star power into a tough race against a Republican leader has excited many Democratic operatives, one of Judd's own family members doesn't believe she'll run.

"I don't think there's any possibility of that happening," Polly Judd, the 85-year-old grandmother of Ashley and her singer sister, Wynonna, told the Associated Press in a recent interview, going on to praise McConnell for his 5 terms of service.

And before people start blowing her off as just a pretty actress, remember that she has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard and a strong history in activism. You go girl!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Senatorial Cage Match: Judd vs. McConnell

In a Senatorial Smackdown to end all Smackdowns, we have Ashley "The Wildcat" Judd vs. Mitch "The Turtle" McConnell. FIGHT!

Via USAToday

U.S. Sen. Ashley Judd? Some Democrats are wondering.

In all the pundit chatter leading up to and in the aftermath of Tuesday's re-election of President Obama, the most intriguing talk was about actress and Obama activist Judd as a potential U.S. Senate candidate in her former home, Kentucky, or even her current home of Tennessee.

Judd, who campaigned vigorously for Obama, has hinted before she might run for public office but never said anything about the U.S. Senate. But that hasn't stopped wishful Dems from dreaming.

On MSNBC Wednesday evening, NBC's political honcho Chuck Todd reported "serious speculation" about Judd being recruited to run in Kentucky against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who's up for re-election in 2014 and might be in trouble with his own party thanks to the GOP's sorry showing Tuesday, especially the failure to re-take the Senate.

Meanwhile, the Louisville Courier-Journal interviewed U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., who said a Judd-McConnell match-up would be a "premier race" and the money would "pour in" for her.

Even before the election, Huffington Post political analyst Howard Fineman said on MSNBC that Democrats in Kentucky would love to draft the 44-year-old TV/movie star, the sister and daughter to best-selling country stars Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd.

"They want her. I know they want her," Fineman said. "The money people in Kentucky want Ashley Judd."

Judd grew up in Kentucky and went to college there but lives in Tennessee with her husband, race car driver and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti. She attended the Democratic National Convention this summer as a delegate from the Volunteer State.

Judd told The Tennessean in August that Democrats had not approached her about running against Tennessee's U.S. Sen. Bob Corker in Tuesday's election and she wouldn't have said yes even if they had.

"The way I'm doing my service right now is the best use of me," she said.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ashley Judd and "bodysnarking"

Image and quote via NPR

I hadn't heard of this until today and I actually skipped it until I saw that CNN was reporting on it too.

I greatly enjoy Ashley Judd. She is probably my favorite Judd mostly because she's at every UK game, and until fairly recently whenever she'd come into Joe Bologna's she wouldn't try to hide from the staff. At one point she rushed in without makeup (which is typically how I prefer women in general, and she was quite beautiful) to pick up a carry-out order AND took the time to talk to me and the host, my friend Eric.

I hadn't even heard the ruckus about how Ashley Judd looks that's apparently kicked up since the debut of her ABC series, Missing. But she did.

And she's written a piece for the Daily Beast about it.

It's worth reading solely for the opening paragraph, in which she explains how she went from reading everything about herself to reading only positive things to realizing that "good and bad are equally fanciful interpretations," when it comes to being discussed in public. So now, she says she doesn't read much of what's said. But recent discussions about her weight, her face, and whether she's had plastic surgery motivated a change in approach:

I choose to address it because the conversation was pointedly nasty, gendered, and misogynistic and embodies what all girls and women in our culture, to a greater or lesser degree, endure every day, in ways both outrageous and subtle. The assault on our body image, the hypersexualization of girls and women and subsequent degradation of our sexuality as we walk through the decades, and the general incessant objectification is what this conversation allegedly about my face is really about.

She goes on to explain exactly what was said about her following a recent television appearance during which people became fixated on her "puffy" face — the result, she says, of a month of medication — "multiple rounds of steroids," which her representatives have previously said were for a sinus infection and flu.

What follows is a stinging, pointed, highly intellectual and very thorough examination of exactly what is most commonly said about actresses over 40 and why it drives people nuts. Weight gain, normal signs of aging, and most of all, why any of this is discussed in the first place.

It's very rare in my experience to see an actress speak quite this bluntly about the phenomenon sometimes known as "bodysnarking," which can be about weighing too much, weighing too little, looking "puffy," or basically anything else people choose to seize upon. But it's even more remarkable to see one explicitly link it so forcefully to broader questions of sexuality and feminism. She makes clear that in her experience — mine too — much of this stuff comes from women, so much of it is ultimately about conversations women will either choose to have or choose not to have. She says she's sometimes guilty of it herself — me too, absolutely. In my experience, even women who would probably never go on about how actresses are too fat think far less of saying they're too thin, and there are certainly times when what seems to be terrible plastic surgery feels a bit tragic and is awfully hard not to mention. And it's an interesting dilemma, because if you can't mention terrible plastic surgery, how do you talk about how much you wish people would just age naturally?

The kind of environment Judd is talking about is very difficult to stamp out entirely, and it pops up constantly where you don't expect it. (Why, I might ask, does the headline begin "Ashley Judd Slaps Media In The Face"? Would it say "George Clooney Slaps Media In The Face"? Have we inserted a goofball piece of catfight imagery into a piece specifically about the dignified treatment of women?) But it makes for an interesting read.

And, yes, "bodysnarking" is quite common among gay men too.