Bill Clinton, Kentucky Dems reportedly courting Ashley Judd alternative

The Kentucky secretary of state may be getting a push to challenge McConnell in 2014

Published March 20, 2013 11:44AM (EDT)

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Kentucky Democrats, along with Bill Clinton, possibly worried about the potential pitfalls of an Ashley Judd candidacy, are reportedly pushing another state Democrat to challenge Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014.

Politico reports that Clinton is courting Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state, to get into the race:

Grimes does have the Clintons in her corner. Earlier this month, the former president — a longtime friend of Grimes’s father — privately urged the young secretary of state to mount a Senate bid while assuring Grimes that both he and his wife, Hillary, would get behind her should she decide to take on the powerful Senate GOP leader, according to several sources familiar with the matter.

Grimes has also reportedly met with officials from the DSCC, according to Politico.

By Jillian Rayfield

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