Karl Rove's American Crossroads is spending $10,000 on an online ad taking aim at actress Ashley Judd's political views -- the latest sign that her possible challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is one Republicans take seriously.
The ad, released Wednesday and called "Ashley's Story," highlights clips of the actress professing her support for Obama and his health care plan, and quotes a Daily Caller story where her grandmother called her a "Hollywood liberal."
It also hits Judd for saying, "Tennessee is home." While Judd grew up in Kentucky, she currently lives in Tennessee, and attended the DNC as a delegate for that state.
“Ashley Judd: An Obama-following radical Hollywood liberal, who’s right at home in Tennessee. I mean Kentucky,” the narrator of the ad intones.
The ad will run for two weeks in Kentucky, starting Wednesday, according to American Crossroads.
Watch the ad:
The video's lines of attack closely follow some of the talking points that McConnell's camp tested in a December poll, including her ties to Tennessee and the "Hollywood liberal" hit. Both McConnell's internal polling and a survey by the Democratic firm PPP showed the senator leading Judd by a 4-point margin.
Judd has expressed interest in the race, but hasn't announced whether she will run.
UPDATE: Judd's publicist issued a response to the ad Wednesday afternoon, telling The Washington Post, “Ashley thanks Senator McConnell, Karl Rove, and their negative allies for all the attention as she considers her future political plans, although a decision hasn’t been made yet.”
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