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Does Ashley Judd’s Divorce Hurt Her Political Aspirations?

Published: January 30, 2013 | 9:14 am
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Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti have decided to go their separate ways. The couple, who married in Scotland all the way back in 2001, made the shocking announcement earlier today. They didn’t offer any specific reasons for why the relationship went south, but they did issue a pretty generic statement together to let fans know the end is here.

You can take a look at the official release below, courtesy of People

“We have mutually decided to end our marriage. We’ll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity, and respect we have always enjoyed.”

Over the past few months, rumors have swirled that Judd may consider running for a Senate seat in Kentucky in the upcoming 2014 elections. As a noted resident, a lifelong Kentucky Wildcats fan and a pretty likeable woman who would have no trouble raising money, some pundits have suggested she might have a real shot to beat Mitch McConnell.

Many politicians who have been married multiple times have held offices before including the presidency, but in general, it’s widely considered a pretty big negative. With Judd however, the forecast is a little less clear. People tend to give celebrities who are running for political office a little bit more of a free pass on their personal lives than career politicians.


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