Ashley Judd, actress-turned-activist who for months has publicly weighed a Senate run against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, announced over Twitter late this afternoon that she will not launch her campaign after all.
“After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family,” she tweeted.
She expanded on her announcement in a series of tweets:
Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate. I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months who expressed their desire for a fighter for the people & new leader. While that won’t be me at this time, I will continue to work as hard as I can to ensure the needs of Kentucky families are met by returning this Senate seat to whom it rightfully belongs: the people & their needs, dreams, and great potential. Thanks for even considering me as that person & know how much I love our Commonwealth. Thank you!