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Democrats want Grimes to face McConnell

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democrat touted as possible challenger to GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell.  Grimes' name comes forward after actress Ashley Judd ruled out a run. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democrat touted as possible challenger to GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell. Grimes' name comes forward after actress Ashley Judd ruled out a run.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- With Ashley Judd out of the race for U.S. Senate, Democrats are urging another high-profile Kentucky woman to take on Senator Mitch McConnell. 

Congressman John Yarmuth says there are still several strong candidates who could defeat McConnell.  That includes Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.  However, for now, he's talking, but she's not.

In fact, 3rd district Congressman John Yarmuth says he's on a mission these days. 

"I think Mitch McConnell has come to be symbolic of the dysfunction in government," said Yarmuth.

He is trying to find a candidate who could defeat long-time Republican senator Mitch McConnell, now that actress Ashley Judd has announced she won't run for the seat.

Yarmuth said, "You know, if you look at somebody like a Heather French Henry...if she were to decide to run, somebody like a Phyllis George Brown."

Among the top names being thrown into the mix: Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

"I think she'd be a terrific candidate if she runs," said Yarmuth.

But that's a big "if"...we talked to Grimes Monday, but she would not say whether she's considering a run.

"I'm going to take time to reflect on how best I can continue serve the Commonwealth, both with my family as well as the supporters who put me here in the office of secretary of state," said Grimes.

Even though she wouldn't answer our questions, Grimes knows she's being courted by fellow Democrats.

Yarmuth said, "I've reached out to her; I haven't had the chance to talk to her about it, but I look forward to that."

McConnell has held the seat since 1984 and carries a lot of weight in the Senate, but Yarmuth still believes he's vulnerable.

"And I think after 30 years in that role, it's time for somebody who has a different kind of vision for both the Commonwealth and the country," says Yarmuth.

WDRB tried to ask McConnell about a potential run by Grimes on Monday, but he wouldn't answer. In a recent interview in the WDRB Studio, however, McConnell touted his experience as a plus for the Commonwealth.

McConnell told us, "For a small state like ours to have someone who is a major player in the country is an enormous advantage to Kentucky."

Yarmuth even says Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer would be a good candidate, however, there doesn't seem to be much interest from the mayor.

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