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Ashley Judd responds to call to run against McConnell

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Ashley Judd has broken her silence about comments Louisville's newly reelected Congressman John Yarmuth made, calling the actress a great candidate to run against U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014.

Judd, a Kentucky native who lives in Tennessee, told US Magazine, "I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I'm very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election. Let's focus on coming together to keep moving America's families, and especially our kids, forward."

Judd's ambiguous comment doesn't exactly squelch the rumor.

In his victory speech Tuesday night, Yarmuth, a Democrat, blamed Senate Minority Leader McConnell for the gridlock in Washington.

On Wednesday, Yarmuth's campaign said that Kentucky's 3rd District Congressman has been telling any who asks that Judd would make an ideal candidate to run against McConnell when he is up for reelection in two years.

McConnell's team is firing back.  Jesse Benton, McConnell's campaign manager, said, "Congressman Yarmuth seems to have an unhealthy obsession with Senator McConnell–that may impress the Obama crowd in D.C. but sure doesn't help Kentucky. If Mr. Yarmuth would like to try his luck in a Senate race, we'll be happy to pay his filing fee."

As for McConnell's opinion of Judd, Benton told US Magazine, "Senator McConnell and his wife are big fans of Ashley Judd's movies and appreciate her energy, particularly when it comes to getting young people engaged in the political process."

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