Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) said at a news conference Tuesday that he has spoken with actress Ashley Judd and that he thinks she's looking hard at running for Senate.
"I talked to her again the other day. She called me, and we had a good conversation," Beshear said at a news conference. "I would say without getting into the specifics of the conversation, I'm convinced that she is seriously considering a race for the United States Senate in the Democratic primary, and we'll see where it goes."
Beshear made clear, though, that other candidates are also thinking about the race against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Among those who have been mentioned is Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
"I think that she [Judd] can be an effective and formidable candidate if she chooses to run, and there may be others that fall into that category too," Beshear said.
The Fix this week weighed in on Judd's potential campaign, arguing that she is not Democrats' ideal candidate.
In related news, CN-2's Ryan Alessi reports that the Kentucky GOP will send letters to the state's Democratic lawmakers reminding them of some of Judd's past positions and quotes and suggesting they might support McConnell over her.