Friday, March 08, 2013

Ashley Judd Would Be First Woman Elected to US Senate by Kentucky

Michele Bernard has a piece at She the People making the case that women will come out in droves to support dream candidate Ashley Judd should she choose to run:

On the heels of the 2012 elections, no one should underestimate the power of women voters and activists in Kentucky and nationwide should Judd mount a senatorial bid.

Women looking at a potential race will be mindful of the fact that no woman has ever been elected to represent Kentuckians in the U.S. Senate.  Additionally, women interested in the possibility of Judd running will be mindful of the fact that all six of Kentucky’s congressional seats are held by men and that Kentucky has only elected two women to the U.S. House of Representatives in its history, once in 1927 and again in 1997, 70 years later.   Moreover, they will be mindful that in Kentucky, the wage gap (the difference between men’s and women’s wages) is evident at all education levels and all occupations with, “77 cents to every dollar paid to a man working full time, year round.”

If Judd runs, one can only imagine that she will campaign on these and many of the other issues that affect the lives of all Kentuckians, especially women and children...   Judd has survived the gender politics of Hollywood.  Surely, if she chooses to run against Mitch McConnell, she can navigate her way through the political high jinks and gender politics the McConnell re-election campaign machine might throw her way. She could very well be a very formidable opponent.