Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is dismissing actress Ashley Judd as an “attractive woman” who does not deserve to be a Kentucky senator because she owns a home in Scotland.
During an interview with Paul on Sunday, CNN’s Candy Crowley pointed out that a recent attack ad created by Karl Rove’s Crossroad GPS suggested that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was threatened by the possibility that Judd could take his Senate seat.
“Is he at this point looking weak?” Crowley wondered.
“You know, when I heard Ashley Judd might run for office, I thought maybe it was [the Bristish] Parliament because she lives in Scotland half of the year,” Paul smirked. “But no, I think really part of politics is making sure that people know about who you’re running against.”
“Ashley Judd is a famous actress, she’s an attractive woman and presents herself well and — from what I understand — is articulate,” he added. “But the thing is she doesn’t really represent Kentucky. I mean, she was a representative for Tennessee last year. She lives in Tennessee. So, I think you do need to make sure people know about that so people don’t think she’s really from Kentucky or lives here.”
According to her biography, Kentucky is Judd’s childhood home. She moved there in 1972 after her parents divorced, and the actress is considering moving back to Kentucky to challenge McConnell.
“I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I’m very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election, so let’s focus on coming together to keep moving America’s families, and especially our kids, forward,” Judd said last year.
Watch this video from CNN’s State of the Union, broadcast Feb. 10, 2013.