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Ashley Judd

Religious Beliefs Mocked

By KY Senator's Staff

4/9/2013 10:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Ashley Judd's view of God is a joke ... laughable ... this according to Sen. Mitch McConnell's staff which was caught on tape mocking Judd's views on God during a February strategy session.
 
The discussion took place during a "Know Your Enemy" meeting ... in which Team McConnell discusses the ammo they'd have against Judd in case she runs for McConnell's seat. McConnell's voice can be heard during parts of the recording.

At one point, someone plays a recording of Judd describing her religious beliefs:

"I still choose the God of my understanding as the God of my childhood. 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 ... saying, "Brother Donkey, Sister Bird!"

Another staffer laughs and says, "The people at Southeast Christian [Church] would take to the streets with pitchforks."

During the session, the McConnell team also discusses Judd's mental health history.

One staffer tells Mitch -- "She's clearly ... this sounds extreme ... but she is emotionally unbalanced."

"I mean -- it's been documented,” the aide says. The campaign “can go in chapter and verse from her autobiography about, you know, 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's clear from the audio tape, McConnell's team doesn't feel threatened at all by Judd -- in fact, it sounds like they viewed her potential political run as a joke.

The audio was posted by lefty mag Mother Jones ... which also released the infamous “47%” video that torpedoed Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

But the GOP strategy plot was all for naught -- Judd recently announced she would NOT be running for office after all.

As for Team McConnell -- his campaign team isn’t happy the audio leaked out -- and is asking the feds to investigate. Said campaign manager Jesse Benton: "Watergate-style tactics to bug campaign headquarters are above and beyond.”

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31.

luckycat    

NOT ONLY WHACKY,BUT ACCORDING TO ALL REPORTS A HOLY TERROR ON SET.
"DON'T LOOK AT ME OR ADDRESS ME"
PLUS SHE HAD A VERY ODD RELATIONSHIP WITH MORGAN FREEMAN-DON'T THINK THEY EVER WRECKED.

473 days ago
32.

Jim in Cali    

LOL, everybody knows Judd is a nutjob. I think its laughable that she thought she could be a US Senator. This is almost as funny as her facelift.

473 days ago
33.

self-employed    

A little biased are we TMZ? Ashley Judd wild-eyed liberal and bugging is a watergate crime.

473 days ago
34.

Rob    

Turtle McConnell is, in my opinion, a despicable member of our government and an embarrassment to the state he represents. Unfortunately he does not hold exclusivity in this title. I will never agree with anyone that claims to be a Christian or any religion and carries a gun in one hand and a bible in another. Hypocrites.

It is sad that Ashley Judd has backed out. While some would say she's not qualified but if McConnell is a benchmark (ha) then there are few that are not qualified.

473 days ago
35.

JFO    

You're missing the point of this article; it's about someone bugging the office of a sitting senator!!!! Who cares what was said; a federal law was broken REGARDLESS of what the discussions were. Good God people, get your heads out of your asses and at least make an attempt to be outraged by the fact that publications like Mother Jones apparently feel they can release this illegally obtained taped conversation content with impunity. It's outrageous!!!!!!!!!!!!

473 days ago
36.

PitBullLover    

this guy puts the douche in douchebaggery what a dick

473 days ago
37.

PitBullLover    

"a federal law was broken " get YOUR head out of YOUR ASS this is NOTHING compared the federal l so called aws the government breaks on a DAILY basis

473 days ago
38.

Carol L    

Another reason to despise McConnell. He's too old (as am I) to be in the senate much less mucking it up with his partisan agenda.

473 days ago
39.

Dom The Mover    

They especially went into detail how bonkers she is, forget religious beliefs, she's a wack a doodle, its in her BIO

473 days ago
40.

barcham    

I find it fitting that he's a KY Senator. By the time this blows over, he's going to need some KY to sooth his sore ass.

473 days ago
41.

Lisa G    

Ashley Judd is far too intelligent to be running for any office in the south. There was nothing even remotely funny (or even far-fetched) about her beliefs. What's unbelievable is the hateful attitude and short-sightedness of the current officials.

473 days ago
42.

MC GRUNT    

And the fact that McConnell's office was bugged by the liberal left means nothing? Water Gate anyone? I'm sure psycho Judd says nothing but nice fluffy bunny things about her opponents. TMZ fluffing the Liberals as much as they can.

473 days ago
43.

LindaJay    

Now what?

473 days ago
44.

static    

I wouldn't vote for Mitch or Ashley they're both kooks.

473 days ago
45.

Erokswife    

Yeah, we'd like your vote as long as you don't know how we REALLY feel about the American People! If you don't want the public to hear the BS your talking, then here's a suggestion "DON'T TALK BS, EVEN IF IT'S BEHIND CLOSED DOORS"! MORONS!

473 days ago
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