The Washington Times - February 10, 2013, 11:07AM

Sen. Rand Paul thinks actress Ashley Judd might be better qualified to run for a seat in England’s Parliament than the U.S. Congress.

Mr. Paul, a Kentucky Republican appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, dismissed the suggestion that Miss Judd is a viable candidate to run against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican.


“When I heard Ashley Judd might run for office, I thought it was Parliament since she lives in Scotland half the year,” Mr. Paul said.

Miss Judd, who is rumored to be interested in seeking the Democratic Party’s Senate nomination for a run against Mr. McConnell next year, announced last month she is ending her marriage to Scottish race-car driver Dario Franchitti.

The Hollywood actress grew up in Kentucky and is a well-known alumna and supporter of the University of Kentucky, but Mr. Paul sounded skeptical.

“Ashley Judd’s a famous actress. She’s an attractive woman, presents herself well and from what I understand is articulate,” he said. “But the thing is, she doesn’t really represent Kentucky.”

The junior senator from Kentucky, who has been tabbed to give a “tea party” response to President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night, said he doesn’t think Mr. McConnell will face a challenge from the right in the Republican primary.

“I haven’t heard any Republican challenger come forward. I don’t know, but I haven’t heard of any challenger come forward,” Mr. Paul said.