LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Congressman John Yarmuth says he's disappointed that Ashley Judd has chosen not to run against Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014 but he says all the talk and speculation surrounding her did serve a purpose.
“One of the things that she did was make it very clear how vulnerable Mitch McConnell is…and now I think there will be other people stepping up and not afraid of taking him on and knowing that they have a very good chance of unseating him,” Rep. John Yarmuth (D) said.
Another person emerging as a front runner to face McConnell is Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Sources tell WHAS11 Grimes plans to launch an exploratory committee as early as next week. And even though Judd is out now she's not saying never.
Judd released a statement Wednesday night saying, "It would be the greatest honor of my life to be entrusted as a public servant to our beloved Kentucky. Perhaps someday I will be."