Skip to comments.Are Clinton and Ford holding out for Grimes as the Democrats' 2014 (KY) Senate candidate?
Posted on 03/11/2013 10:52:15 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
Former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford have recently downplayed an Ashley Judd run for U.S. Senate seemingly opening national discussion for Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes to potentially run.
Ford, who served in the U.S. Senate from 1974-1998, said last week there may be a better Democratic candidate than Judd to face Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014.
I think theres maybe some other candidate out there that might be better with political experience, and with some background. Shes a smart woman apparently, Ford told Brandon Bartlett of 14-WFIE TV last week.
Clinton would likely be part of a powerful support group Lundergan Grimes could muster in mounting a campaign against Judd, and eventually McConnell. The former president wrote a personal check to her campaign in 2011.
Grimes father, businessman and former Democratic party chairman Jerry Lundergan, has close ties to both Hillary and Bill Clinton.
And the former president was unwilling to speculate on the possible Democratic challengers to McConnell when asked whom he would support by the Huffington Post
I dont know, because I have to wait and see who gets in, Clinton said while in Owensboro for a fundraiser last week for the Wendell Ford Center.
Judd, for her part, has met with her own high-profile support group that includes the politically connected Brown family from Louisville. The actress met with donors at the home of Christy Brown in February, as Pure Politics first reported . U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth is also in Judds corner and has been publicly calling on Judd challenge to McConnell.
One thing Ford, the former Kentucky governor and U.S. Senator, was willing to offer of Judd was that McConnell is worried about a challenge.
McConnell seems to be worried about it. Hes raised so much money (and) already started spots against her or some of his friends started spots against her, Ford said. I think that helps her.
Don’t let ‘em run you out of the primary, Ash ! I wanna see some blood on the mat !
Republicans are practically forcing Judd into this race. Whoever the Democratic nominee is, McConnell is probably going to lose.
wait you’re rooting for Ashley Judd? The same Ashley Judd that supported Obama and dissed Palin? That Ashley Judd? She is a liberal through and through. I don’t like Rino McConnel and I hope he is primaried out, but Judd is a typical Hollywood liberal.
McConnell isn’t losing to either of these people. This is a side show.
ashley judd headfake?
You misunderstand me. The best scenario for the GOP is to have BOTH Ashley Judd and Alison Grimes jump into the race and have a vicious and brutal primary battle, which depletes the Dems resources AND leaves an ugly taste in the voters’ mouths. Grimes is a more legitimate candidate and more of a threat to McConnell (as she has already won statewide). If Judd walks away from the primary, Grimes will have an easier time.
The rats have a way of "persuading" candidates they don't like to step aside. If they think Judd is a doormat, they will destroy her by "leaking" dirty pictures and whispered smears to their always-helpful "mainstream" newsrooms.
I don't think you know too much about Mitch McConnell. He is as rough and tough of a campaigner as they come. If I had to predict, I'd say he'd eviscerate Judd. He would likely be awarded both ears and the tail. (Can I say that?)
Look, I have my problems with him, too. But I have to call 'em like I see 'em.
Well, his roughness and toughness ends when the campaign ends, but I think his advantages are not going to be relevant against either of these candidates. Plus, I think it will be a lackluster year for Republicans, especially in Kentucky. There’s every reason he should win going away, but i have a feeling he won’t.
I don't think there could be a better DemocRAT candidate to wipe out the entire slate of DemocRAT candidates in KY next year. Why do you think Bill Clinton is so eager to recruit another candidate to run against her in the primary?
Ashley Judd must not have performed the requisite tribute to Bill Clinton.
You can say it but should give credit to Tom Lehrer.