- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 22, 2013

First Hollywood, now a beauty queen.

The “maybe” challengers for the Senate seat held by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, have moved from Ashley Judd — who decided against a run weeks ago — to Heather French Henry, Miss America for 2000.

“I’m not saying no yet, but I’m not saying yes,” Mrs. Henry said to The Hill. “I certainly see myself, in the future, in some sort of political office.”

She’s just not sure if 2014 is the year, Mrs. Henry said. Still, she’s being “urged,” she said in The Hill.

“There’s not a day that goes by that someone doesn’t mention it,” including “people in higher political positions,” she said. “[But] I have in no way, shape or form solicited any comments or any advice from anyone on any Senate race.”

Mrs. Henry is the wife of former Kentucky Democratic Lt. Gov. Steve Henry.

Democrats have been struggling to find a suitable challenger for Mr. McConnell. Miss Judd turned away from the opportunity, citing family reasons. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is a likely strong contender for Democrats, but she has yet to decide whether she’ll run.



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