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McConnell's campaign responds to Yarmuth criticism

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Mitch McConnell's campaign is firing back after Congressman John Yarmuth told the media he wants to see McConnell put out of office as soon as possible.

After being re-elected to another term on Tuesday, Yarmuth said in his victory speech that McConnell is the main reason for the gridlock in Washington, and promised one of his top priorities for the next two years will be to make sure McConnell is defeated in the next election.

Yarmuth even endorsed actress and Kentucky native Ashley Judd to run against McConnell.

On Thursday, McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton had this to say about Yarmuth's recent statements:

"Congressman Yarmuth seems to have an unhealthy obsession with Senator McConnell that may impress the Obama crowd in D.C. but sure doesn't help Kentucky. If Mr. Yarmuth would like to try his luck in a U.S. Senate race, we'll be happy to pay his filing fee. Until then, the Senator will be focusing on the people of Kentucky rather than entertaining the Congressman's interest in his election.

"On the election itself, which is still two years away, President Obama's team is busily trying to recruit a candidate that will enjoy carrying his banner to an electorate that just defeated him in 116 of 120 counties."

Yarmuth has served as the 3rd District Congressman since beating Anne Northup in 2008. McConnell is the senior senator from Kentucky and the Minority Leader in the Senate. He has served in the Kentucky Senate since 1984.

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