As buzz builds over rumors that Ashley Judd is mulling a run for the U.S. Senate race in her native state of Kentucky, the actress' mother, famed singer Naomi Judd, spoke to Larry King about the subject.
"As of right now, she doesn't know," Naomi Judd said in an interview in January when asked by King on his Ora TV show if Judd is planning to run. "I can tell you she's very interested in changing the world and she knows that politics unfortunately right now is one of the ways she could do that."
"But I made her promise that if she should make a decision, that I'm the first to know," she added. Part of Judd's interview can be viewed below.
Rumors of Ashley Judd's possible Senate run as a Democratic candidate began in late 2012, when the political news site Politico quoted "four people familiar with the matter" who claimed that Judd was "seriously exploring a 2014 run for the Senate to take on" Republican leader Mitch McConnell. However, Judd has kept quiet about whatever her plans may be.
Dan Logsdon, chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party, told U.S. News & World Report in an article published on January 10, that if Judd ran, "It certainly would nationalize the race to a great extent, and she has expressed interest."
"Kentucky is very proud of her and her accomplishments. She's popular," he added.
Dale Emmons, a Democratic strategist, also commented about Judd's participation to the magazine saying, "She is a Democrat, a good person and she could be a good candidate."
"But she's got to come home. It would be too convenient of an attack for McConnell," Emmons added. Judd currently lives in Tennessee near her family members.
Judd has a long history of voicing her political opinions. For the past four years, Judd has donated at least $7,500 to Democratic causes, including the first election campaign of President Barack Obama. In 2009, Judd attended a protest in Kentucky to help demonstrate about mountaintop removing coal mining. The actress is also known for her efforts to promote awareness about AIDS, animal rights, poverty, equality and domestic violence.
Judd, known for films such as "Kiss The Girls," "Double Jeopardy" and "Heat" and the short-lived ABC series "Missing," is married to a Scottish race car driver, Dario Franchitti.
Check out part of Naomi Judd's interview with Larry King below.