Ashley Judd for the U.S. Senate?

At last summer's Democratic convention, the actress cast Tennessee's votes for Barack Obama. But she's thinking of running in Kentucky, so Tennesseans better act fast if they'd rather she ran in her "co-home state."


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In the course of last summer’s Democratic convention in Charlotte, the Tennessee delegation was — as its chairman Chip Forrester and others rightly boasted — the most “diverse” in the state’s history, up to and including a transgendered delegate.

But on account of several consecutive elections that proved disastrous for Democrats — at least statewide — the delegation was somewhat poor in elected officials (although Memphis certainly supplied its share).

As a compensation, the delegation did have actress Ashley Judd on hand — a Kentucky native and sometime Tennessee resident who spent convention week with the contingent from Tennessee, which she proudly referred to as her “co-home state.”

And, in speaking of Tennessee and Tennesseans that week, Judd inevitably used the pronoun “we” — most spectacularly when — as pictured here — she cast the delegation’s votes for Barack Obama on nomination night. (She did so, it will be noticed, in the company of some of the state’s — and Memphis’ — finest; State Representative Larry Miller, 9th District Congressman Steve Cohen, and Mayor A C Wharton.

Needless to say, Judd’s prominence in the delegation encouraged hopes that she might take a personal interest in the state’s politics. It was a subject much touched upon in Charlotte.

But, if Tennessee Democrats want her — say, for a U.S. Senate race in 2014 — they better be quick about making their bid. If an item this week in the online periodical Slate is accurate, Judd is now considering a run that year against U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Again, that’s her other “co-home state.”

Here was Judd as spokesperson for Tennessee last summer in Charlotte:

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