DSCC re-evaluating Judd, taking second look at Grimes

LEO Weekly has learned from multiple Democratic sources that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is now applying the brakes to their once all-in support of Ashley Judd as the challenger of choice against Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014. While not ready to abandon Judd, they are now taking a serious second look at recruiting Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The change of heart came after a recent poll the DSCC conducted, but not because it showed Judd was incapable of competing with McConnell, rather that Grimes performed better than Judd and gave Democrats the best chance at victory.

As late as last week, the wheels were already very much in motion at the DSCC in planning a Judd Senate candidacy. While those plans have not been scrapped, there is definitely a re-evaluation happening. Our sources tell LEO that while the DSCC felt that Judd could compete with McConnell, one of Judd’s strongest assets would be her ability to raise money on par with McConnell and tie up Republican campaign spending (both McConnell’s and the NRSC’s) in that race. However, their recent polling suggests the 2014 race is very much winnable, with McConnell so vulnerable that Democrats need to make their priority finding the candidate with the best chance of winning.

Then again, they are not entirely sure at this point that Grimes would even entertain a run against McConnell, as she has plenty of other races in the next three years that she could choose to run in, most of which would not be nearly as difficult as the 2014 Senate race.

15 Comments

  1. NankiPoo
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    I guess it’s going to be a choice of the overt Jonathan Miller preaching from every angle about Ashley Judd, or the covert Dale Emmons – who if he isn’t the source of this rumor, he is the person behind the person who is- whispering in the passive-agressive shadows about Allison Lundergan Grimes.

    I would venture that Jonathan Miller has a “queenmaker, not money” motive. He did that with Beshear, and got set up pretty well.

    I would venture Dale Emmons, though he is close to ALG, has a “money, not anything else” motive. He did that to good effect with Bruce Lunsford.

    “Gonna be a honey…”

  2. jsonka
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    It’s not Dale or anyone close to him, but I can’t blame anyone for thinking that.

  3. Thomas Weaver
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Am thinking that most voters in Kentucky are a lot smarter than those in Hollywood and picking small jugs Judd would be idiotic.

  4. jarrod myrick
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    sure: prioritize best win candidate. first consideration for the best candidate in a non-presidential year should be who would turn the vote out best. judd could. second consideration: who could raise the most money? judd would.

    these days ya gotta be good on tv. gotta be good on the internet too these days.

  5. jarrod myrick
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    also: let there be primary, dscc.

  6. Hannah955
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if Judd would withdraw if Grimes entered the race. I think for sure, the Kentucky Democratic establishment would support Grimes if she agreed to run. And Judd does not seem the type to deign to fight for a nomination. After all, in her own mind she is God’s gift to Kentucky.

    I also think Grimes is much more electable than Judd – however McConnell would be a tough opponent and as you say, if Grimes has aspirations to nationwide office she has plenty of time to wait. McConnell would be almost 80 in his next election cycle and might not run again, and then the seat would be wide open and Grimes would have a better shot. Plus, she’s only been Secretary of State a couple of years, and although Obama ran for Pres when he was a junior Senator with only a couple of years under his belt, I don’t think it looks good to abandon one’s post so early in the term.

    I am not sure whether I’d rather have Grimes knock Judd out of contention, or see Judd win the Dem nomination by default, and then get pancaked by McConnell! I guess I’d rather Grimes ran, so we would be spared the Ashley Judd Three Time Survivor of Rape Tour.

  7. AAngela Lee
    Posted March 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Allison Grimes would be my choice for candidate, hands down! I am sure Ashley Judd is very pleasant and well-meaning but I think it would absolutely take somebody with enough political savvy to effectively run against McConnell. Allison is that person. She has my 100% support. If she is selected where do I sign up to work on her campaign?!

  8. david peltier
    Posted March 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Dear Kentucky Voters, It is my hope that you will explore Ashley Judd for Senate of your great state. I believe Ashley will make a great Senator, and assist your state with solving problems. My late grandfather, Dr. John F. Riordan lived in Lexington. I wish to come to Kentucky and work on Ashley’s campaign if she’ll have me. “Ditch Mitch” is one short campaign slogan. I hope to learn about your state and it’s needs. Take care!
    David Peltier, davidjpeltier@gmail.com 3/25/13

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