LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) – Heather French Henry tells WHAS11 News she is “at least a few more weeks” away from deciding whether to enter the 2014 U.S. Senate race in Kentucky.
Henry, a veterans advocate and Miss America 2000, said she still needs to have a “few more conversations” before making her decision. In May, the evening wear fashion designer disclosed that she was considering mounting a challenge to Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader.
Last week, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky) said he believed Henry’s decision would happen within days. Yarmuth has called upon Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to announce her own Senate race plans immediately because other potential candidates would need more time to set up a network capable of defeating McConnell.
Grimes, meanwhile, is expected to make her decision soon, had several key meetings scheduled over the weekend and continues to reach out to her biggest political supporters from her 2011 election to Secretary of State, including regional coordinators, sources close to Grimes tell WHAS11. No specific timeline, however, was disclosed.
Sources close to Grimes maintain that she is the only potential candidate to be approached by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee after one-time Senate hopeful Ashley Judd approached national Democrats yet subsequently removed her name from consideration.
Meanwhile, telephone polling of Kentucky voters about a potential Grimes-McConnell race was apparently underway over the weekend. A WHAS11 Political Blog reader reported receiving one of the calls, describing it as lasting about 20 minutes. Among the poll questions, voters were asked about Grimes’ pledge to serve out her four year term as Secretary of State and her support of restoring voting rights to people who have been convicted of felonies, according to the WHAS11 reader.