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Ashley Judd

Religious Beliefs Mocked

By KY Senator's Staff

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

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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Why is no one alarmed by the illegal wire recording?
This really isn't about Judd as much as another watergate.

565 days ago

Jericho Morton    

"I'm like St. Francis in that way. Brother Donkey, Sister Bird."

I am offended. But if she can trot this out to my face, why can't I call her a cupid stunt?

565 days ago


She is a flake.

565 days ago


Why is this translucent alien still in US office?

565 days ago


How about focusing the story on the fact that someone bugged the office of the Senate Minority Leader instead of their private comments about Ashley Judd. She is a much better actress than she would be a politician anyways.

565 days ago


Ashley Judd I have seen her at Izods Indy car race's running around. She has more air in herl ittle head then a rear tire on one of the race cars.(Idiot)

565 days ago


Funny how this story is all about what was said about her and not the fact that a someone bugged a State Senator's office. If this was Pelosi getting bugged, all hell would break lose and the story would read STATE SENATORS OFFICE bugged by those horrible republicans! Glad the FBI is involved and will catch those involved because this is highly wrong and should not happen to ANY state senator period!

565 days ago


She's weird. Lets face it, if you are going to say " brother donkey, sister bird" people will laugh at you.

565 days ago


Ashley Judd is an idiot......hey tmz why don't u sneak into a libutard meeting and see how they mock the conservatives u bunch of left wing zombies

565 days ago


Two words describe this woman: NUT JOB.

565 days ago


The office was illegally bugged. The FBI is investigating. Hopefully someone will be arrested.

565 days ago


Ummm. TMZ... you left out the important part - this was an ILLEGAL BUGGING OF REPUBLICAN OFFICES BY DEMOCRATS.

565 days ago


Why are Ashley Judd's people BUGGING a SENATOR'S OFFICE? Hopefully she'll go to jail for this.

565 days ago


She never had a chance to win in Kentucky. The state is conservative and McConnell is popular. Kentucky would not elect a crazy Hollywood liberal. She might have a chance in liberal la la land California.

565 days ago

It's Dave    

"The people at Southeast Christian [Church] would take to the streets with pitchforks."

Yeah, I'm thinking that perhaps this church might be a little misguided. Be in the world, not of the world. Seems the church has forgotten that part.

565 days ago
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