Ashley Judd Pushed Out By KY Democrats?

Reported by: Aaron Adelson
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Updated: 4/02/2013 6:19 pm

Before Ashley Judd even made a decision about running for the senate, former State Treasurer Jonathan Miller says Democrats worked to make sure she never had a chance.

After Judd spoke at a dinner with prominent Democrats, Miller says some party members told reporters Judd boasted since she survived two rapes, she could survive a campaign against Mitch McConnell.  Miller says he attended the dinner.

"Well, that never happened, and not only did it never happen, it's so inconsistent with the way she talks about domestic violence.  It's a very personal issue for her," said Miller.

Miller says Democrats continued to discredit Judd.  He says they spread rumors President Bill Clinton did not want her to run.

"A few months ago Bill Clinton called up Ashley Judd, or met with her, I'm not sure which, but he encouraged her to run, and told her that she would get his undying support," said Miller.

Why would Democrats work to hurt one of their own?  Miller says it has to do with Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

"I think she was the biggest victim of this whole scandal, or conspiracy," said Miller.

He says two groups of people with two different agendas worked to discredit Judd.

"Folks who felt they could either make some money, or get some political advantages if Alison Lundergan Grimes runs for the U.S. Senate.  The other were people who wanted to push Alison Lundergan Grimes out of the Governor's race, and they would rather her run for senate," said Miller.

A UK political science Associate Professor says Party in-fighting is not a new thing, especially when an outsider tries to enter the fray.  

"There's a career ladder, and build of loyalty and a build up of ties, and they value that.  It's not surprising that Democratic party leaders would be a little leery of an Ashley Judd candidacy," said Dr. Steve Voss, UK Associate Professor.

Voss says voters benefit from finding out what happens behind closed doors. 

Miller says he doesn't think the lies forced Judd out of the race, but he says they couldn't have helped.

A publicist for Ashley Judd declined our interview request.  Alison Lundergan Grimes' office also declined to speak with us for this story, and our calls to the Kentucky Democratic Party have not been returned. 
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