Transcript for Ashley Judd Not Running for US Senate
Actress Ashley Judd has revealed she will not be running for the US senate she says she needs -- focus her energy on her family right now. And we want to extend a warm welcome to the newest member of our family ABC news' Jeff is elevate our senior Washington correspondent covering congress and politics that he joins us this morning from DC good morning Jeff and welcome. Good morning Robin it's great to join -- that's right she's played many roles but now her credits will not include. Ms. Judd goes to Washington. For months that appeared one of Hollywood's brightest stars would be trying her hand at another drama filled profession. Politics and working with the Democratic Party in -- county for a number of years but overnight. Ashley Judd stepped away from a race that she had been dying. Announcing that she will not return to her native Kentucky to challenge the Senate's top Republican Mitch McConnell. Taking -- -- website into Twitter she wrote. Regretfully I'm currently unable to consider -- campaign for the senate. Thanks for even considering -- is that person and know how much I love our commonwealth. Recently the 44 year old -- has been spending more time in politics and humanitarian causes than in Hollywood. Last year she campaign for President Obama and appeared as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention I do think -- filters. -- -- Conference. As -- move closer to making a political debut Republicans wasted no time casting her as the villain in preemptive attack yet it's actually just. And Obama following radical Hollywood liberals. A friend of judge tells ABC news that she made the decision only in recent days after concluding that she was unwilling to go through what she believed would be a gruesome campaign. Right now judges in the process of divorcing her husband of nearly twelve years race car driver Dario Frankie. He's also spending time in the audience of Dancing With The Stars cheering on her half sister country superstar Winona Judd. And of course starring as the First Lady in the brand new film Olympus has -- For now that's the only political role we can expect to Seagram. And her liberal politics may also have been a tough fit for Kentucky. One top Republican official tells me this morning that McConnell was looking Ford -- running against her and Hollywood. -- right Chad thank you very much welcome again looking -- reports. Ahead.
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