FRANKFORT (SS)Ashley Judd is reportedly set to run for the US Senate in Kentucky. The actress has talked to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, about a possible Senate bid and consulted with a Democratic pollster. She has even started to conduct opposition research on herself, according to Politico. McConnell, the Senate’s minority leader, is among 13 Republicans up for re-election in 2014.

He is taking no chances on his bid for a sixth term and has already hired Jesse Benton, who has strong ties to the Tea Party, as his campaign manager. Judd is no stranger to politics - she was a Tennessee delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and even announced the state’s votes for President Obama in Charlotte as the president was formally nominated as the party’s standard bearer.