CAUGHT ON TAPE

McConnell’s Aides Were Building Up Attack on Judd

Poor Ashley Judd—this is the thanks she gets for even considering a Senate run? Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s aides were reportedly building up an attack campaign against Judd that would go after her mental health and religion, according to tape leaked to Mother Jones on Tuesday. The actress had been mulling challenging McConnell in the 2014 election—a seat that Democrats consider vulnerable. “They want to fight? We’re ready,” McConnell says on the tape, despite having being silent in the media while Judd’s name was being floated. The meeting leader, who is unidentified, says Judd is “emotionally unbalanced.” The meeting attendees laughed at some recordings of Judd’s, including when she describes getting the most of her faith from a parable involving St. Francis, with one attendee mocking that as “my favorite line so far.”