The actress won't be taking on Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014 after all. See her statement, released piecemeal via Twitter.
Dear Friends, Thank you for these months of remarkable support & encouragement, for your voices, exhortations, & prayers. I have decided.
My full statement will soon be on my website, http://ashleyjudd.com Please know that is my voice & truth; don't fool with the distortions!
After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family.
Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate. I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months ~
~ who expressed their desire for a fighter for the people & new leader. While that won't be me at this time, I will continue to work as ~
as hard as I can to ensure the needs of Kentucky families are met by returning this Senate seat to whom it rightfully belongs: the people &
their needs, dreams, and great potential. Thanks for even considering me as that person & know how much I love our Commonwealth. Thank you!