Are Republicans scared of Ashley Judd?

The movie star is being wooed by Democrats to run against Mitch McConnell, and the GOP is wasting no time going after her sometimes unorthodox political views

Ashley Judd
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The GOP isn't waiting for Ashley Judd to decide whether she'll challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for his seat in 2014. Republicans have already cranked up their opposition research machine, says Lois Romano at Politico, and are "homing in with glee on the actress and activist, picking apart her views and statements and compiling a thick compendium of speeches, writings, and tweets." (The Daily Caller even posted a baffling and offensive article listing movies in which Judd has appeared nude — employing the terrible headline "Ashley Judd, potential U.S. Senate candidate, sure has done a lot of on-screen nudity." Liberals quickly derided this as preemptive "slut-shaming.")

But ill-conceived articles aside, the actress does have a history of expressing unorthodox views — for example, she recently explained that she never had children because "it's unconscionable to breed, with the number of children who are starving to death in impoverished countries." GOP strategists say they'll be able to use Judd's "bizarre comments" to make Democrats squirm.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.