Kentucky atwitter, Judd's Twitter reveals positions


by WHAS11

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 22 at 2:18 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- As actress Ashley Judd considers whether to run for U.S. Senate against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, she is saying very little to the media, but saying a lot to her nearly 161-thousand followers on Twitter.

Judd's intensity for her humanitarian efforts and political activism may be exceeded only by her zeal for the UK Wildcats. Those passions are all reflected in her tweets, including the first campaign-oriented tweet on Wednesday to WFPL Radio's Phillip Bailey.

"And every candidate must have their first race.  No incumbent began as an incumbent," Judd tweeted, later deleting the post.

A review of hundreds of Judd's tweets over the last year reveals her political positions:

October 16, 2012
"Okay, Romney on coal? Wow. Misleading. The era of coal plant is over, unacceptable. It's the dirties(t) and we as USA can do better. Innovate". 

September 30, 2012,
"Flying over mountain top removal coal mining sites - & getting madder than ever. Appalachians deserve better.”

November 3, 2012
"Thank you, Mr President:  "Weapons designed for soldiers and the theatre of war do not belong on the streets."

November 7, 2012
"Its okay to love whim you love. Maryland legalizes same-sex marriage in historic vote"

"She's in tune with national Democrats and that's why the national Democratic party is foaming about her candidacy," said Bob Gunnell, a Louisville-based Democratic strategist.  "but she's not necessarily with Kentucky Democrats.'

Gunnell said he has no doubt that McConnell's campaign has already dug into a gold mine of Judd's past statements to use against her if she decides to run.

September 29, 2012
“Looking for details about why to support Pres. Obama? ‘It's time for a new economic patriotism.’  His economic plan.

"If you're Mitch McConnell or a Republican or even a Democrat potentially to challenge her, which I wouldn't count out just yet, you would use that against her to show that she's not in touch with being a senator from Kentucky," Gunnell said.

Many tweets reveal Judd's personality, from the arts to recipes.

January 4
Watching "the Impossible" and have stopped trying not to cry - giving in and going full snot slinging cry.

February 15
... it will soon be time for poke salat. Tweet back if you know what that means & better yet how to make it.

February 16
UK must lean into UT physical play & let their slapping hands & shoving make the contact for officials to see.