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Ashley Judd Reaching Out to State House Democratic Leaders
Ashley Judd has begun reaching out to Kentucky House Democratic leaders as she continues to explore a 2014 bid for the U.S. Senate seat held by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Judd has called House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark asking for a meeting, Clark said. She also called and left a message on House Speaker Greg Stumbo's cell phone—but asked to speak with House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins. Stumbo said he's returned the call but hasn't heard back.
Clark said he told Judd their meeting will have to wait.
"She just called me, asked me if she could meet with me," Clark said. "When I got her call I called her back and told her the next 10 to 12 days I'm extremely busy, that I'd be glad to meet with her when the session is over," Clark said. "And that was the end of the conversation."
Judd also recently reached out to Gov. Steve Beshear for a meeting.
Meanwhile, most Kentucky state senators have expressed lukewarm sentiments to a Judd candidacy.