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Senator Mitch McConnell Target of Liberal Attack; Senator Demands a Criminal Investigation

April 9, 2013

Liberal news website Mother Jones on Tuesday morning published audio from a private February discussion between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and aides about the Kentucky Republican’s 2014 re-election campaign and potential Democratic challenger Ashley Judd.

The audio and transcripts—billed as a “secret tape” by Washington Bureau chief David Corn—show the McConnell camp discussing how to use the actress’ religious beliefs and history of depression against her in a potential campaign.

Judd announced March 27 that she would not be a candidate for the Senate, citing family obligations.

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But how did the website get its hands on the audio?

McConnell’s team believes the tape was obtained illegally and has asked the FBI to investigate.

“Senator McConnell’s campaign is working with the FBI and has notified the local U.S. Attorney in Louisville, per FBI request, about these recordings,” Jesse Benton, McConnell’s campaign manager, said in a statement. “Obviously a recording device of some kind was placed in Senator McConnell’s campaign office without consent. By whom and how that was accomplished presumably will be the subject of a criminal investigation.”

Benton added, “We’ve always said the Left would stop at nothing to attack Sen. McConnell, but Watergate-style tactics to bug campaign headquarters are above and beyond.”

Mother Jones didn’t immediately respond to Yahoo News’ requests for comment. During the discussion of Judd’s mental health on the tape, one individual said, “She’s clearly, this sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced. I mean it’s been documented. Jesse can go in chapter and verse from her autobiography about, you know, she’s suffered some suicidal tendencies. She was hospitalized for 42 days when she had a mental breakdown in the ’90s.

The group also poked fun at a reference Judd made about St. Francis, a revered Catholic saint, and other religious statements.

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Mother Jones also famously revealed secretly recorded comments made by Republican hopeful Mitt Romney where he said 47 percent of Americans were dependent on government and refused to take “personal responsibility” for their lives. Romney later apologized.

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Ashley Judd says she won’t run for Senate in Kentucky

March 27, 2013

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Ashley Judd (JB Lacroix/Getty Images)

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Ashley Judd, a Democrat who was mulling a challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his Kentucky U.S. Senate seat in 2014, won’t run after all, the actress announced Wednesday.

“After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities and energy at this time need to be focused on my family,” Judd said in an announcement on her Twitter page. “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 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 and their needs, dreams, and great potential.”

Had she decided to run, Judd’s campaign would have faced an uphill battle against the Kentucky Republican. For starters, Judd’s family lives in Tennessee, not Kentucky, and Republicans had already begun to attack her for it. (Judd was a Tennessee delegate at the Democratic National Convention last year.) Her public history of liberal activism and repeated controversial statements—she said, for example, “I have been raped twice, so I think I can handle Mitch McConnell“—also may have made it difficult for her to connect with Kentucky voters.

With Judd out, Kentucky Democrats are still searching for a candidate to run against McConnell.

Ashley Judd Gives Some Democrats in Kentucky Pause in Senate Drive; Governor Says “She doesn’t fit the damn state.”

March 17, 2013

Hollywood actress-turned-Senate-hopeful Ashley Judd may have a harder time winning the hearts and minds of Democrats to support her campaign against Sen. Mitch McConnell after all.

Democratic Party leaders are stepping back and taking a clear look at the candidate, and some say she may not be best to run against the five-term Kentucky senator in 2014, Newsmax reports.

“She’s going to have a tough road to hoe,” said Jim Cauley, campaign manager for Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear in 2007, in a ThisWeek.com report. “She doesn’t fit the damn state,” which is a conservative stronghold. Fully 60 percent of Kentuckians voted for Mitt Romney in 2012.

Democrats have begun expressing concern about some of Ms. Judd’s statements and views. ThisWeek.com reports, “Democrats worry that Judd, a political neophyte, could cost the party a winnable race.”

And the National Journal reports, “the honeymoon is over for Ashley Judd.” The actress had traveled to Washington, D.C., a few weeks ago to meet with top Democratic Party officials, including those with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the campaign arm of House Democrats.

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Ashley Judd dons a purple-licious sari at the YouthAIDS Benefit Gala at the Ritz Carlton in Mclean, Virginia. The 39-year-old actress is a “global ambassador” for YouthAIDS, a worldwide HIV/AIDS education and prevention effort. Ashley recently told press, “There is an extraordinary, compelling, urgent problem.”

Source: Ashley Judd moving forward with run for Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat in Kentucky

March 8, 2013
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Ashley Judd dons a purple-licious sari at the YouthAIDS Benefit Gala at the Ritz Carlton in Mclean, Virginia.  The 39-year-old actress is a “global ambassador” for YouthAIDS, a worldwide HIV/AIDS education and prevention effort. Ashley recently told press, “There is an extraordinary, compelling, urgent problem.”

 

 

Ashley Judd has yet to officially announce her political aspirations, but a source with intimate knowledge of the situation tells FOX411’s Pop Tarts column the actress is preparing herself to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his Kentucky seat in 2014.

“At least in Ashley’s mind, it is happening,” said the insider. “She has devoted herself to many important causes and stepped away from the Hollywood spotlight so this seems like the logical next step. I don’t know if she will be successful, but her heart is in the right place.”

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Judd, 44, has reportedly been meeting with well-financed Democratic donors, and last week ventured to Washington D.C for more public engagements.According to Don Peebles, Chairman and CEO of The Peebles Corporation, a member of President Obama’s National Finance Committee, and Vice-Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, a Judd run is likely much more than a Hollywood fantasy.

“There looks to be a lot of noise around her running and she’s been active in commenting on politics of the day so it is certainly possible,” he said. “Senate Minority Leader McConnell’s approval ratings are low, and a lot of reports show that he is vulnerable to a challenge. While Kentucky leans right, it is not as conservative as most of its neighbors and the voters of Kentucky may be looking to send a message that they don’t feel fairly represented by Minority Leader McConnell.”

So is Judd’s move from Hollywood star to thoughtful humanitarian impressive enough for Kentuckians to take her seriously?

“Sadly, Hollywood celebrities often confuse the characters they play with their own selves and mistakenly assume they know something. They usually don’t. If she runs, it should be both a plus and a minus to Democrats,” surmised Dan Gainor, VP of Business and Culture at the Media Research Institute. “She has name recognition and that’s always good. She is well known and will get lots of money, and that could make it close. Or maybe the people of the state will laugh at her and it will be a huge embarrassment to the left. We can always hope sanity will prevail.”

Yet others see Judd as an asset to the Democratic Party with the chops to offer up a fair fight.

“Ashley would add enormously to issues confronting Americans, especially women. She grew up in a home headed by a single mother and through hard work and sacrifice, she pulled herself up, graduated from college and went on to have a successful career,” said D.C-based attorney and political advisor, Margaret Cone. “As a favorite daughter from the state of Kentucky and with her ability to fund raise, she could give Senator McConnell a real run for the seat.”

Litigation and crisis communication expert Gene Grabowski of Levick Strategic Communications was left with a positive impression after watching Judd speak before an audience of George Washington University Public Health students last Friday, but noted there is much more to a successful Senate run than giving a good speech.

“She is poised, confident and knows how to tell moving stories about her experiences working with orphans and diseased children in Africa. She will be a very attractive candidate in a primary election and will have no problem raising money,” he anticipated. “Ms. Judd is coy about the issue of whether she will run, but she is obviously infatuated with the idea and probably will pursue the idea. In the short run, she will be a plus for Democrats. In the longer run however, she will be extremely vulnerable in a general election facing a veteran Republican who knows the issues inside and out.”

There is also some debate as to whether Judd’s status as a screen siren, one who has repeatedly flashed her flesh and romped around in the bedroom for art’s sake, will haunt her. In 1996’s “Norma Jean and Marilyn,” and 1999’s “Eye of the Beholder,” Judd went full-frontal and bared her backside, she went topless and bottomless in 1999’s “Double Jeopardy” exposed her breasts in 1996’s “Normal Life” and performed a lesbian sex scene in 2002’s “Frida.”

“Of course every movie and TV appearance she has ever made will be analyzed for clips to use against her. A conservative state won’t like a senator who has gone naked in front of millions of people,” Gainor observed. “America has a celebrity culture. We pay too much attention to them, from Honey Boo Boo to Dennis Rodman. We also tend to forgive their idiocy, and that’s Judd’s only real hope of getting elected.”

However, Peebles pointed out that Judd’s raunchy movies have all been seen so there is “no shock factor like there is with revealing a secret or scandal.”

“Character attacks are entrenched as part of the political process these days so I don’t think it will be unexpected. Presumably she would be ready for any attack on this matter,” he said. “And from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Jesse Ventura to Al Franken, folks that enter public service with a celebrity status have had success. Many people feel connected to these folks because they’ve followed their careers or appreciate their talents and it never hurts to be a known quantity before entering a race.”

Grabowski cautioned that if Judd does throw her hat in the Senate ring, she’ll find it much more challenging than memorizing a movie script.

“She will have a steep learning curve. One major stumbling block for Ms. Judd will be selecting the right people to guide her through the political and communications process. Right now, her handlers are relatively inexperienced publicists and friends,” he added. “She, and the Democratic Party, will have to ensure that she has far more experienced and capable advisors as soon as possible because she is being observed carefully right now to see if she has the right stuff to run for office.”

A rep for Judd did not respond to a request for comment.

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Protective husband: Senator Mitch McConnell, right, defended his wife, Elaine Chao, left, following a racially charged attack by a liberal super PAC.
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Protective husband: Senator Mitch McConnell, right, defended his wife, Elaine Chao, left, following a racially charged attack by a liberal super PAC

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Senator Mitch McConnell defends his Taiwanese born wife over ‘racist’ Twitter attack

March 3, 2013

By Snejana Farberov
Daily Mail and AFP

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell struck hit back at a Democratic Kentucky super PAC that criticized his wife’s Asian heritage, calling the group’s Twitter messages ‘racial slurs’ and “the ultimate outrage.’

Addressing some 100 home-state supporters at a Republican dinner in Winchester Saturday, McConnell said the group Progress Kentucky ‘will not get away’ with attacking his wife on the issue of her ethnicity.

The controversial tweet posted February 14 said McConnell’s marriage to Elaine Chao, the former Labor Secretary under President George W. Bush, ‘may explain why your job moved to (hash)China!’

 
Protective husband: Senator Mitch McConnell, right, defended his wife, Elaine Chao, left, following a racially charged attack by a liberal super PAC.
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Protective husband: Senator Mitch McConnell, right, defended his wife, Elaine Chao, left, following a racially charged attack by a liberal super PAC
 
Harsh words: The group Progress Kentucky fired off a tweet February 14 accusing Elaine Chao of pushing McConnell to outsource American jobs to China .
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Harsh words: The group Progress Kentucky fired off a tweet February 14 accusing Elaine Chao of pushing McConnell to outsource American jobs to China

The tweet linked to the website of conspiracy theorist and radio host Jeff Rense, who has accused Chao of discriminating against American workers during her White House tenure, the Huffington Post reported.

McConnell described the tweet as ‘a racial attack’ against Chao, who was born in Taiwan and emigrated to the U.S. with her family when she was eight years old.

‘Elaine Chao is just as much an American as any of the rest of them,’ McConnell said. ‘In fact, she had to go through a lot more to become an American.’

Progress Kentucky removed the tweet after Louisville public radio station WFPL-FM aired a story setting off a firestorm online.

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Actress and liberal activist Ashley Judd, who is considering a run for McConnell’s seat next year, came to Chao’s defense, firing off a tweet that read: ‘Whatever the intention, whatever the venue, whomever the person, attacks or comments on anyone’s ethnicity are wrong & patently unacceptable.’

McConnell’s colleague from across the aisle, Michigan Senator Carl Levine, also took to the social media site to denounce the verbal attack, writing: ‘Shame on KY group for repugnant attack on Sen. McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao. No place for that in America.’

 
Backlash: Actress Ashley Judd, who may be running to unseat McConnell in 2014, came to Chao's defense, denouncing the liberal group .
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Backlash: Actress Ashley Judd, who may be running to unseat McConnell in 2014, came to Chao’s defense, denouncing the liberal group

Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon said the comments were ‘deplorable’ and ‘have absolutely no place’ in Kentucky politics.

In response to the public outrage, the beleaguered group issued two apologies over the past week for what they described as ‘inappropriate tweets sent by our organization.’

In a statement published on its site on February 26, Progress Kentucky executive director Shawn Reilly wrote that in an effort to educate voters about Senator McConnell’s ties to government interests in China, the group shared information online that included ‘an inappropriate comment on the ethnicity of former Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao.’

‘We apologize to the secretary for that unnecessary comment and have deleted the tweets in question,’ the letter stated.

The super PAC promised that going forward, all of its tweets will be reviewed and approved prior to posting.

 
Power couple: Chao, left, emigrated with her family from Taiwan when she was eight years old, and she married McConnell, left in 1993 .
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Power couple: Chao, left, emigrated with her family from Taiwan when she was eight years old, and she married McConnell, left, in 1993
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U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao
U.S. President George W. Bush walks from the Oval Office with Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao
 

Trailblazer: Chao served as a labor secretary under President George W. Bush, becoming the first Asian American woman to occupy a position in the a White House cabinet

Initially, Progress Kentucky spokesman Curtis Morrison denied that any of the group’s tweets had mentioned Chao specifically. Later, however, he told WFPL that a volunteer had sent out the messages targeting the former secretary.

Jesse Benton, a spokesman for McConnell’s re-election campaign, responded to the controversy by calling Elaine Chao and her family ‘salt of the earth’ and ‘shining examples of the American Dream’ who came to the United States with little and built successful businesses.

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McConnell and his wife have faced similar slights in the past. In 2001, former state Democratic Party chairwoman Nikki Patton apologized for saying that McConnell ‘passed up some good Kentucky pork to chow down at the Chinese money buffet.’

Over the years, the senator’s opponents have raised questions about his ties to his father-in-law, New York shipping magnate James Chao, whose company has been trading with China.

 
Stalwart: Chao, seen posing for a souvenir picture with her nephews Ben (L) and Tyler, was the only member of Bush's cabinet to have lasted his entire eight-year administration.
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Stalwart: Chao, seen posing for a souvenir picture with her nephews Ben (L) and Tyler, was the only member of Bush’s cabinet to have lasted his entire eight-year administration
 
New phase: Chao serves as a distinguished fellow at the conservative think-tank Heritage Foundation. During the presidential campaign, she was a representative to Asian Americans for Mitt Romney .
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New phase: Chao serves as a distinguished fellow at the conservative think-tank Heritage Foundation. During the presidential campaign, she was a representative to Asian Americans for Mitt Romney

Chao became the first Asian-American woman to be appointed to a cabinet-level White House position. McConnell and Chao married in 1993.

Chao currently serves as a distinguished fellow at the conservative think-tank Heritage Foundation. During the 2012 presidential election, she acted as a representative to Asian American voters for Mitt Romney. AFP reported.

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India’s Hidden Plague: Lust for Young Girls Explodes HIV, AIDS

February 25, 2013
 

 

 
Ashley Judd dons a purple-licious sari at a YouthAIDS Benefit Gala and Fundraier
 
 

In INDIA’S HIDDEN PLAGUE, Hollywood superstar Ashley Judd is on a mission. Far from her glamorous life in Hollywood, she is on a journey to Mumbai, India in her role as Global Ambassador for Youth AIDS and Population Services International (PSI) Board Member.

Mumbai is a city of shocking contrasts, where extreme poverty sits next to huge wealth, the poor next to millionaires. It’s a place where HIV is rife.

Ashley’s mission becomes a rollercoaster of emotions as she meets the people for whom AIDS is a frightening reality. As they tell their stories candidly and openly, Ashley hopes to take their voices and experiences back to a world that might take notice. She meets people such as Kausar, a gritty single mother of two, now helping others that have been affected; Geeta, who was kidnapped and sold into the sex trade and many others. All of them are trying to cope everyday with this deadly virus. Through this emotionally overwhelming story, Ashley tries to come to terms with the fragile way of life and the dire consequences resulting from the instability that the forgotten people of India face daily.

Lead by her heart and guided by the voices of those she meets along the way, Ashley takes her experiences to influential thinkers and policy makers to raise awareness and funds for PSI’s HIV programs throughout India. In her mission, Ashley recruits the help of fellow Bollywood stars like Shahrukh Khan, Sushmita Sen and Akshay Kumar, all of whom want to play their part in this war against AIDS.

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