By RONNIE ELLIS
Actress and activist Ashley Judd may be getting closer to a decision on whether to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Larry Clark, the Democratic Speaker Pro Tem of the state House, told CNHI News Wednesday Judd called him and they talked about the race.
“I told her I was in session and I’d be happy to talk to her in a couple of weeks,” Clark said.
Later, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said Judd had called his cell phone, but he hadn’t spoken with her so far.
“She tried to call my cell,” Stumbo told reporters before convening the House Wednesday afternoon. “She left a message — but the message was ‘Hi, Mr. Adkins.’”
Rocky Adkins is the Democratic Majority Leader in the House. He, like Stumbo, is from eastern Kentucky and is a strong supporter of coal.
Adkins and Stumbo have been among those Democrats expressing reservation about a Judd candidacy in Kentucky because she’s an outspoken critic of mountaintop removal mining.
Judd has been pondering a run for the Democratic nomination next year to oppose McConnell in the fall. But the actress currently lives in Tennessee and would have to re-establish residency in Kentucky before she can run.
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