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Rep. John Yarmuth wants Sen. Mitch McConnell to go

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- It's a bold move after a big win:  Congressman John Yarmuth is re-elected, and says Kentucky's most powerful politician has to go.  Even more surprising, is the person he thinks could replace Senator Mitch McConnell.

"If Ashley Judd were to challenge Mitch McConnell," he says, "it would be the number one race in the country in 2014."

Fresh off a commanding victory in Kentucky, Yarmuth takes aim at the state's senior U.S. senator, saying one of his top priorities for the next two years is seeing minority leader Mitch McConnell out of office:  "I think he's been very bad for the system, very bad for Kentucky, and I think it's time for him to retire."

But would Ashley Judd really run?  The eastern Kentucky native is a staple at Wildcat basketball games and a UK alum.  But she calls Tennessee home now, and would have to become a resident of the Commonwealth again before she could run for office.

Some consider Judd a darling of the Democratic party -- an outspoken supporter of President Obama and a champion for global women's rights issues.  She didn't return WDRB's calls for comment on Yarmuth's endorsement.

Neither did McConnell, instead shifting focus in a written statement to the President's re-election:  "The voters have not endorsed the failures or excesses of the President's first term, they have simply given him more time to finish the job they asked him to do together with a Congress...."

The economy is the top job for a returning Congress.

McConnell, Yarmuth, and their respective parties will have to work together to avoid the potentially crippling combination of the end of Bush era tax cuts and mandated cuts in federal spending. 

Yarmuth was asked, "How is he supposed to hear that and then say, OK, I'll work with you on the fiscal cliff?"

His response:  "Mitch is a big boy, he's been around the block a lot, and he understands that politics and governing are two different things, and if he doesn't understand that, then that's another reason for him to go."

McConnell is now serving his fifth term in the U.S. Senate.  First elected in 1984, he is the longest-serving senator in Kentucky's history.

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