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Ashley Judd considers Senate campaign against Mitch McConnell

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For all the people who hate celebrities in politics, time to close your eyes, because actress Ashley Judd is taking a look at running as a Democrat for the Senate in 2014 against Republican leader Mitch McConnell. That University of Kentucky hockey poster she posed for years ago will certainly come in handy for campaign materials.

Politico says Judd has had people doing opposition research on her in her home state, and has spoken with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand about conducting a run. McConnell is up for a sixth term in 2014, and Democrats emboldened by 2012 results are looking to exploit traditionally conservative states, Judd's interest is a big deal for them.

"She is doing all the things that a serious candidate exploring a race should do," Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) told Politico. "I think there are a lot of people, and I was one of them, who wanted to let her know that her candidacy would be an exciting prospect for us. That's what I wanted her to know. A lot of the labor unions, they were telling me that too."

Judd's rep didn't confirm the report, but didn't deny it, either. That's good, because we've all got election fatigue and would rather wait until she announces anything. There's also word she may try in 2016 against first-termer Rand Paul instead, because he may be easier pickings than the Senate minority leader. Either way, she'd better be ready to explain why she married that immigrant, Scottish race car driver Dario Franchitti.

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