Ashley Judd is having a rough year.
One week after her personal life was splattered across media headlines around the globe – she and race car driver Dario Franchitti are ending their 11-year marriage – the actress has become a punching bag for the GOP.
The 44-year-old has not even announced official plans to run for Senate in Kentucky, but she is already being mocked in an attack ad by conservative political organization American Crossroads.
The video – called “Vote For Me, You Hillbillies” – takes jabs at the politically-active star, depicting her as a typical Hollywood liberal and radical, who will blindly support President Obama if she takes office.
“You know what this country needs?” a narrator sarcastically asks in the minute-plus long clip. “An independent voice… for Obama.”
The video shows clips of Judd calling the president “brilliant” and saying she will “go wherever the president wants me to go.”
It also attacks her roots. While Judd was born in Kentucky and attended college there, the ad reminds watchers that she is a Tennessee resident, having moved to a farmhouse there in the early 1990s. It also implies that she will also forever be deeply rooted in Hollywood.
The clip ends with a quote from Judd’s grandmother calling her a “Hollywood liberal” and then a montage of Judd saying the word “hillbillies,” as if she was saying it to insult Kentuckians though it doesn’t appear that was the case.
Judd has not yet announced plans to run against Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014, but she hasn’t counted herself out either.
“I am incredibly honored and frankly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support,” she said at the Kentucky Society of Washington’s Bluegrass Ball in Washington, D.C., in January. “That the people of Kentucky are interested in having me represent them is the greatest honor of my life so far, and I am certainly taking a close look at it.”
While this ad could sway her not to run, we wouldn’t count on it as she’s known for her strong convictions whether it’s forwarding women’s rights or supporting President Obama.
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