We hear through the grapevine that Ashley Judd showed up late to the Kentucky Society Ball this weekend and was seated by herself for a time. When her publicist threw a fit? They tried to get the governor to take her and he refused. Until there was time for a photo op, that is. And that’s… something.
Her politics may be in line with the personal beliefs of many liberals (like us!) but she is neither a citizen of Kentucky nor acutely aware of the Commonwealth’s wants and needs. She’s not politically attuned to Kentucky whether we liberals like it or not.
She’s a terrific person and arguably one of the most prominent activists in America but her celebrity status does not lend itself to being appreciated by everyday Kentuckians who vote.
Kentucky needs someone to run who knows what it’s like not to live on more than $40,000 or $50,000 per year representing its people. Someone who doesn’t get to jet off to the south of France at a moment’s notice. Someone involved on a daily basis in the Commonwealth. Not an actress who occasionally shows up for basketball games as her film career permits. The negative television commercials write themselves from her Twitter feed alone.
We all love Ashley Judd but she’s not representative of the people no matter how you slice it. She’s just the flavor of the moment of prominent liberals like John Yarmuth and folks deluded by wishful thinking who rightfully dislike Mitch McConnell’s destructive politics.