Actress Ashley Judd on Tuesday responded to an audio tape revealing an aide to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) discussing her history with depression and how it might be used in a campaign.
Judd, who announced last month that she won't be challenging Kentucky's senior senator in 2014, blasted McConnell in a statement read on MSNBC for being so flippant with regard to a "personal struggle such as depression."
"This is yet another example of the politics of personal destruction that embody Mitch McConnell and are pervasive in Washington, D.C," Judd said in the statement. "We expected nothing less from Mitch McConnell and his camp to take a personal struggle such as depression, which many Americans cope with on a daily basis, and turn it into a laughing matter."
McConnell's camp has asked the FBI to investigate the recordings of the secret meeting, which were obtained and reported on by David Corn of Mother Jones. Corn later countered the GOP charges, asserting that the audio wasn't the product of a "Watergate-style bugging operation" as some Republicans have contended.