"I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I'm very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election, so let's focus on coming together to keep moving America's families, and especially our kids, forward," Judd said in a statement to Us Weekly.
Judd's name has bubbled up in speculation over the 2014 elections, with Kentucky Democratic Rep. John YarmuthJohn YarmuthHouse Dems press Trump for details on ObamaCare order WHIP LIST: More than 60 Dems boycotting Trump's inauguration House Dems call on OMB to analyze Senate budget plan MORE saying that her challenge to the long-serving McConnell "would be as high profile a race as Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDeVos should ‘persist’ despite liberal opposition AT&T, Time Warner defend deal Scott Brown being considered for ambassador to New Zealand: report MORE and Scott Brown."
Judd has been active in Democratic politics, so her candidacy is not a complete impossibility. She was a delegate at the Democratic National Committee and also taped campaign ads for President Obama.
Though he could see a challenge from Judd in the future, McConnell's still a fan of her work.
"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," the senator's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, told Us Weekly.