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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 McConnellGOP senator: Democratic opposition to Pompeo 'driven 100 percent by politics' Pompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel GOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees MORE (R-Ky.)], whether it’s [Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP senator: Democratic opposition to Pompeo 'driven 100 percent by politics' Pompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel CIA declassifies memo on nominee's handling of interrogation tapes 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.