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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 McConnellMitch McConnellTrump making calls to senators on healthcare bill Trump called Cruz to press him on ObamaCare repeal bill: report Meadows: Senate bill lacks conservative support to pass House MORE (R-Ky.)], whether it’s [Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump called Cruz to press him on ObamaCare repeal bill: report Trump tells Democrats they need ‘courage’ to fix ObamaCare Fifth GOP senator announces opposition to healthcare bill 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.