Ashley Judd is a joke and probably mentally unbalanced, according to a leaked tape in which Sen. Mitch McConnell's staff is plotting how to run against her.
McConnell (R-KY) was fully expecting a U.S. Senate bid from Judd in 2014, and although she decided not to run, his staff discussed her at length.
McConnell's voice can be heard during parts of the recording. At one point, someone played a recording of the star describing her religious beliefs:
"I still choose the God of my understanding as the God of my childhood," she says.
"I have to expand my God concept from time to time, and you know particularly I enjoy native faith practices, and have a very nature-based God concept."
"I'd like to think I'm like St. Francis in that way. Brother Donkey, Sister Bird."
One of McConnell's staffers can be heard laughing at that point in the tape. Another staffer laughs and says, "people would take to the streets with pitchforks."
During the tape, the team also discusses Ashley Judd's mental health.
"She's clearly ... this sounds extreme ... but she is emotionally unbalanced," one McConnell staff member says. "I mean ... it's been documented."
According to the aide, "she's suffered some suicidal tendencies. She was hospitalized for 42 days when she had a mental breakdown in the 90s."
Judd is also described as "anti-sort-of-traditional American family."
It appears from the audio that McConnell's team doesn't feel threatened by Judd, yet the fact that they were even talking about this tells you a lot.
McConnell even produced a couple of anti-Ashley Judd ads, 18 MONTHS before an election she never said she was running in. Also a telling sign.
The audio (excerpted above) was posted by Mother Jones, the left-leaning publication which also released the infamous Mitt Romney 47 percent video.
Again, it's all moot, as Judd's not running for Senate, but McConnell's office is livid and wants the FBI to investigate the source of the video's leak.
Campaign manager Jesse Benton said in response to the leak that "Watergate-style tactics to bug campaign headquarters are above and beyond.”