According to Ashley Judd, her potential Senate run was put on the back burner because she wants to concentrate on her family. According to an Ashley Judd adviser, a group of Kentucky Democrats are to blame for intentionally pushing Judd out of the race and duping the national media about her.
On Monday, Judd adviser Jonathan Miller attempted to set the record straight regarding the actress’ stalled Senate ambitions with The Daily Beast. He says that a “small coterie” of Kentucky Democrats “duped” the national media with a false narrative about Judd that ultimately pushed her out of the race.
Miller opined that media coverage of Judd’s Senate run comprised of a “dizzying blur of false testimony,” and that outlets had a “ravenous appetite” for stories about the actress. He places the onus on a group of Democrats who fought against Judd in “nearly every article” with the “most egregious disinformation came from entirely anonymous sources.”
For example, Miller pointed out a now-infamous quote attributed to Judd in a HuffPo story: “I have been raped twice, so I think I can handle Mitch McConnell.” Miller says that Judd didn’t say these words, and that they would have been “completely inconsistent” with how she’s discussed her experiences with rape.
A big part of the narrative that Miller denies is the seeming competition between Judd and Kentucky secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes, with Bill Clinton trying to nudge the actress out of the way. Miller says that Clinton actually “privately urged her to run against McConnell, offering his complete support for her prospective campaign.”
Ultimately, Miller says, Judd was treated unfairly by her own prospective party, and it will come back to haunt them come election time. The real winner is Mitch McConnell, who despite not having a horse in the race, reaps all of the benefits.
“I imagine [Mitch] McConnell sitting back, watching the antics with his sly, tight grin, enjoying how a small group of Democrats duped the so-called liberal media into creating the false narrative of a Democratic civil war. Only a master politician could get so damn lucky.”
If the Democrats are good at anything, it’s weighing its prospective losers an cutting them out before they get a chance to run.
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