Ashley Judd & Her Husband Split: Is Her Chance of Running for Office Doomed?

Ashley JuddAfter 12 years of marriage, Ashley Judd and her husband, race car driver Dario Franchitti, have announced that they are splitting up. Sob. You know those celeb couples you really thought would make it to forever? This was one of them for me. It's a pretty sad split, though the two -- as per usual -- say they still love each other and it's mutual.

Of course, the REAL question is what this will do to Judd's potential run for Senate. For months rumors have swirled that Judd, an outspoken activist who spoke out against Rick Santorum in regards to choices, is interested in a political career. She also wrote an extremely poignant response to rumors about her "puffy" face and she has been supportive of many left-leaning causes and women's rights. Love her!

Though not everyone is thrilled with the notion that she would challenge Mitch McConnell in her native Kentucky, the rumors haven't been denied. But what will a potential divorce do to her run? Can a single woman be a Senator in Kentucky?


For years we have been taught that the way a person behaves in their marriage is somehow reflective of how they would be when it comes to policy- or decision-making. We have seen countless male politicians fail to keep it in their pants and end up disgraced.

But this isn't the case with Judd. Her marriage didn't work out and now she is a single, child-free woman who may run for office. I say more power to her.

The reasons her marriage didn't work out are really none of our business. They are varied, I am sure. And they are private. In all likelihood they also have very little to do with either one of them being "bad" and probably everything to do with growing and changing and moving on.

A single woman would make a great senator and I hope that Judd won't let her divorce stop her political aspirations. But I suspect she won't. Judd is way too strong a woman to let anything stop her. I know she would agree with me.

I am sad, though. They seemed like a great couple.

Do you think her newly single status should stop her run?


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