Ashley Judd Reportedly Elbowed Out of Senate Race by Scheming DemocratsS

Good news for those waiting for season two of Netflix's House of Cards: the political maneuvering going on behind the scenes in Kentucky allegedly rivals Francis Underwood's best laid plans. Former Judd adviser Jonathan Miller believes that Ashley Judd was dissuaded from challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell after "a small group of Democrats duped the so-called liberal media into creating the false narrative of a Democratic civil war" so that Kentucky's Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, would be the contender to support instead.

In The Daily Beast, Miller claims these schemers fabricated ridiculous tales about Judd, including one about how she told supporters "I have been raped twice, so I think I can handle Mitch McConnell" and a rumor that former President Bill Clinton "was trying to force Judd out of the race in favor of a Grimes candidacy because Grimes' father, Jerry Lundergan, had been a longtime Clinton supporter and had helped Clinton win Kentucky twice in the 90s."

Now Miller fears McConnell will win thanks to the drama:

Like most Judd supporters, I hope Grimes runs, defeats McConnell and enjoys a long and successful career in Washington. But there are two other equally plausible-if not more probable-scenarios: One, Grimes gets drubbed by McConnell, whose ruthless, take-no-prisoners campaigns have ended the political careers of four of his last five opponents. Or two, Grimes opts out of the race for another campaign, leaving McConnell with no serious opponent.

Here's hoping for a Judd tell-all book/romcom coming soon.

[The Daily Beast]