Ashley Judd Abandons Senate Plans

by ETonline Staff 2:40 PM PDT, March 27, 2013
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After months of drawing headlines for her possible bid against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ashley Judd has officially decided not to run this term.

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The actress made the announcement via Twitter, posting, "Dear Friends, Thank you for these months of remarkable support & encouragement, for your voices, exhortations, & prayers. I have decided. After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family.

"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!"

The actress is expected to post a full statement to her website later today.