Ashley Judd announced today “after serious and thorough contemplation” that she will not be running for the U.S. Senate. This comes after weeks of speculation that the Democrat supporting actress would challenge Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his Kentucky seat next year. “Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate. I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months who expressed their desire for a fighter for the people & new leader. While that won’t be me at this time, I will continue to work as hard as I can to ensure the needs of Kentucky families are met by returning this Senate seat to whom it rightfully belongs: the people & their needs, dreams, and great potential. Thanks for even considering me as that person & know how much I love our Commonwealth. Thank you!” said the actress via a series of TweetsWednesday afternoon. Not that Judd is entirely out of Washington politics – she plays the First Lady in the White House under attack action film Olympus Has Fallen, which came out last week. 

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