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“I think she’s very interested in becoming a candidate for some office,” Yarmuth said of the 44-year-old entertainer, a Democrat, in an interview earlier this week.

“Now, whether it’s next year against [Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems confront Kelly after he calls some immigrants 'lazy' McConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Defense: Latest on spending fight - House passes stopgap with defense money while Senate nears two-year budget deal | Pentagon planning military parade for Trump | Afghan war will cost B in 2018 MORE (R-Ky.)], whether it’s [Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPentagon: War in Afghanistan will cost billion in 2018 Overnight Finance: Senators near two-year budget deal | Trump would 'love to see a shutdown' over immigration | Dow closes nearly 600 points higher after volatile day | Trade deficit at highest level since 2008 | Pawlenty leaving Wall Street group Rand Paul calls for punishment if Congress can't reach a long-term budget deal MORE (R-Ky.)], whether it’s for some other office, I don’t know. But she’s a very serious potential candidate.”

Rumors have swirled for months that Judd will challenge McConnell in 2014. At least one poll in the state has shown Judd to be the most popular of several potential Democratic candidates, and suggest she would be competitive against the Senate minority leader.