Would Kentucky voters back Ashley Judd in a Senate race against Republican and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, should the actress choose to run? Yahoo News asked them for their thoughts. Here’s one.
COMMENTARY | Saying that you support Ashley Judd in the hometown of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (son of firebrand Ron Paul) can be fighting words. She’s not popular among conservatives, particularly conservative Kentuckians, because of her opposition to some methods of coal mining and statements she has made that were seen as slighting hunters. To conservatives in Kentucky, you might as well be saying you’re voting for Sean Penn or Paris Hilton. To me, it doesn’t matter.
Unpopular a position as it may be around these parts, this Bowling Green independent voter will be behind Ashley Judd should she choose to run against incumbent Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.
Judd will have my vote for two main reasons: She works tirelessly in humanitarian efforts to combat poverty and support women, and will offer a refreshing voice to Kentuckians in Washington; meanwhile, Mitch McConnell appears to work primarily for himself, Wall Street, and the Republican Party rather than for his constituents in Kentucky.
I oppose McConnell primarily because of his entrenched insider politics and glad-handing of banks and lobbyists, and his selective protection of personal freedoms-he’ll defend your right to own a gun, but disregards the constitution by introducing a bill to allow wiretapping of suspected terrorists without a warrant. His ill-fated commitment to making President Obama a one-term President, rather than promoting bi-partisan legislation that would help to ease the financial hardships suffered by many during the Great Recession, also soured me against McConnell.
Now, do I think Judd will win? I’d like to think so, but the Democratic strongholds for elections for Senate in Kentucky have typically been in Louisville, Frankfort, and eastern Kentucky. With her opposition to coal mining, she’ll have to rely on the first two, rather than count on any votes from coal country.
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