"(Louisville, Kentucky) Ashley Judd, the 44-year-old actress and social activist, has told key advisers and political figures that she is planning to announce her candidacy for U.S. Senate here this spring," writes Howard Fineman on the website of the Huffington Post.
The article continues, "Judd told one close ally that she plans to announce her run for the Democratic nomination for the 2014 race ‘around Derby’ — meaning in early May when the Kentucky Derby brings national attention to Louisville and the Bluegrass State.
The stroy continues, " ‘I know she knows she has to declare soon,’ said one source, a highly placed elected official who declined to be identified because he was discussing private plans. ‘She could always change her mind,’ he added. ‘I changed my mind twice before I finally declared. But as of now it is a done deal.’ She has discussed her plans, sources say, with former Gov. Wendell H. Ford, the 88-year-old dean of Kentucky Democrats, among others."
Furthermore, "The announcement, her allies told The Huffington Post, could ‘clear the field’ of major contenders for the Democratic nomination, setting up a wild, made-for-YouTube contest between the free-wheeling, media-savvy Hollywood actress and the methodically accusatory machine of the five-term Republican senator — and Senate minority leader — Mitch McConnell of Louisville."
Writer Fineman, editorial director of the Huffington Post Media Group, also notes in the article, "Reached for comment by email Saturday, Judd offered a not-quite-ironclad denial to The Huffington Post. ‘I am not sure who is saying this stuff, but it is not I! I’d prefer as a fan of your journalism that you stay accurate and credible. We told everyone who called us yesterday these stories are fabrications.’
"But she declined to specify which ‘stories,’ did not say what wasn’t ‘accurate,’ and did not respond when asked directly whether she had, in fact, decided to run or chosen a time to declare her intentions."