Heather French Henry says Grimes will be an 'excellent candidate' against a 'formidable McConnell'

07/03/2013 01:48 PM

While former Miss America Heather French Henry decided not to run for U.S. Senate, she said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will make an “excellent candidate” for the party.

As a former second lady — French Henry is married to former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry — she considered running to challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell after actress Ashley Judd decided to sit out the race.

But on Wednesday she said it was great another woman was running to carry the party’s banner in 2014.

“I certainly think it’s great when any woman enters into politics. I think we need more young women entering into the political scene,” French Henry said. “I think (Alison Lundergan Grimes) is going to do a great job whether she wins or not.”

However, French Henry warned that a race against the five-time incumbent would not be an easy contest for the 34-year old Grimes.

“Mitch McConnell is a formidable candidate obviously with a lot of experience. He’ll have a treasure trove certainly, and I think it will be an interesting race,” French Henry said.

French Henry didn’t rule out a campaign of her own one day but said now would have been a bad time to seek a six-year U.S. Senate term because her oldest daughter would be graduating high school when the seat is next up for re-election.


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