Ashley Judd decided not to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to the dismay of a controversial liberal super PAC, which expressed hope that she will at least campaign against him.
“Today, we learned that Judd will not seek the Senate seat,” Progress Kentucky executive director Shawn Reilly said in a statement. “Her announcement is disappointing news to many who saw her as a winning candidate. Fortunately, we have a deep bench.”
Reilly added that he hopes Judd “will put her time, talent and treasure into the job of defeating Mitch McConnell, because that is something that will take all of us working together.”
Progress Kentucky’s campaign against McConnell received national attention last month after “sending a racist tweet attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) wife for being Chinese,” as Think Progress noted. The tweet suggested that McConnell’s wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, had convinced McConnell to support policies that would send American jobs to China because of her ethnicity.
The super PAC initially defended the tweet, saying that “Senator Mitch McConnell has a conflict of interest that many are afraid to talk about, and Progress Kentucky is not,” but it ultimately apologized and deleted the message.