Actress Ashley Judd, who was seriously considering a 2014 Senate run in Kentucky and was seen as the Democrat’s best chance of unseating Republican Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, tearfully announced today that her campaign is over, after republicans released an embarrassing video of the actress last night.
The video, otherwise known as the 2004 film, “Twisted,” which co-starred Samuel L. Jackson and Andy Garcia, is seen by most political analysts as more damaging than the infamous Mitt Romney “47 Percent” video, because Romney’s video didn’t bomb at the boxoffice and receive a rotten rating of 2% on Rotten Tomatoes.
“I was young and naïve when I starred in that terrible movie, and after reading the script, I was sure no one would ever see it,” a remorseful Judd told a packed news conference to announce she will not be running in 2014. “Up until now, I thought I had destroyed all the copies of ‘Twisted.’ ”
Unless she dropped out of the race, Republicans, led by Sen. McConnell, threatened Judd with a negative campaign that was planned to include offering free screenings of “Twisted” at theaters in Kentucky to all voters, in addition to McConnell beginning every debate against Judd by reading a critic’s review of “Twisted.”
Even Judd’s biggest democratic supporters who were encouraging her to run, withdrew their support after re-watching “Twisted,” feeling that anyone who would agree to star in such an awful movie, lacks the judgment needed to become a U.S. Senator.
This isn’t the first time Republicans used a horrible movie to derail the political ambitions of a movie star. Warren Beatty told Hollywood & Swine the reason he never decided to run for office was out of fear that his opponents might bring up “Ishtar,” and he refused to put his family through that kind of embarrassment.