(WHAS11) -- As she nears the end of her second and final term as Kentucky Auditor, Crit Luallen is being encouraged to declare her candidacy for U.S. Senate soon, perhaps before the end of 2011.
To be competitive against McConnell, the Democratic challenger will need tens of millions of dollars and the time necessary to raise it. By declaring now, Luallen would also have more choices in campaign staff.
Luallen's reputation and notoriety have soared in recent years after her office conducted several high profile, scathing audits, including the Kentucky League of Cities, the Kentucky Association of Counties and Passport Health Plan.
Despite delivering a "farewell" speech at Fancy Farm in August, Luallen, 59, clarified that she was not leaving public life.
Two bouts with colon cancer in the last eight years have also been a part of the conversation about Luallen's political future.
Luallen told Lexington Herald Leader columnist Tom Ebelen that she plans to seek elected office again but hasn't decided which one.
She has been mentioned as a challenger to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014 or a future candidate for governor. "I'll be looking at all of my options," she said.
After leaving the auditor's office next month, Luallen said she plans to take a break to travel and spend time with her husband, Lynn, and their large extended family.
"My husband is a big advocate for me taking a break," she said. "We're negotiating on how long the break is. He's thinking maybe a year. I'm thinking maybe 15 minutes."