Kentucky senator kicks off re-election campaign ads 20 months early

Ashley Judd may be making Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell nervous; the Kentucky politician is already making moves for his 2014 re-election campaign.

While Kentucky residents won't vote for another 20 months, McConnell is kicking off TV advertising efforts this week, with the first video airing Thursday.

In early February, political group American Crossroads launched a television and internet video ad portraying Ashley Judd, who may run for the senate seat, in a less than positive light. The clip generated a significant amount of controversy and discussion in the political world, giving Judd even more attention.

According to ABC News, one of McConnell's first ads this season will feature his wife, Elaine Chao, who is a former secretary of labor, which signifies the campaign is courting women voters early on.

Chao has recently been the target of questionably racist comments from Progress Kentucky, another political group. McConnell's 30-second video, which aired Thursday in Lexington and Louisville, addressed​ these comments and tied them into the campaign.

"You've seen the ads attacking my husband," Chao states in the ad. "As Mitch McConnell's wife, I've learned to expect them. Now, far-left special interests are also attacking my ethnicity, even attacking Mitch's patriotism, because he's married to me."