Karl Rove's Super PAC Hits Ashley Judd Early

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Feb. 6 2013 11:02 AM

Karl Rove's Super PAC Isn't Wasting Any Time Attacking Ashley Judd

Dear Ashley Judd, Welcome to the world of campaign-style politics.

Love, American Crossroads

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The actress-turned-activist is seen as a possible challenger to Sen. Mitch McConnell in next year's election. As we explained in December when her name first began to pop up, her resume is a little thicker than most actresses. She earned her masters in public administration from Harvard University in 2010 and has become increasingly vocal on progressive public-policy matters in recent years, from social issues to the environment. While those strengths may not be big sellers in Kentucky, there's no denying that she has much stronger name recognition than any of the other names being floated for a McConnell challenge. That name recognition, however, can also be used by both sides, as the above video from the Karl Rove-founded super PAC demonstrates.

That said, the factthat the group went through the trouble of putting together this video suggests that Republicans see Judd as a legit challenger to the Senate minority leader.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.