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Report: Clinton held secret meeting while in Owensboro

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes, left, Ashley Judd, right. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes, left, Ashley Judd, right.
KENTUCKY (WFIE) -

14 News has learned more about former President Clinton's secret recruiting mission in Owensboro.

There are reports that when Clinton attended a fundraiser for the Wendell Ford Government Education Center, he held a private meeting to encourage a well known Democrat to challenge Mitch McConnell next year.

And it wasn't Ashley Judd.

None of the media knew what was taking place backstage at the Riverpark Center when Clinton was in town about two weeks ago.

That is until late Tuesday night when political website, Politico, splashed the news across its front page. The website reports and sources also tell 14 News that President Clinton met privately in Owensboro with Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes for about 35 minutes, trying to get her to jump in the ring.  

We've been reporting that several high-ranking democrats are not sold on Ashley Judd being their candidate to run against Mitch McConnell, who is a Republican powerhouse in Washington.  

It now appears Judd does not have Clinton's blessing or that of former U.S. Senator Wendell Ford, who told 14 News in an exclusive interview recently that there are other more experienced candidates out there.

"I think there's maybe some other candidates out there that might be better with political experience and with some background. She's a smart woman, apparently, but she's in Tennessee and she went to Tennessee as a delegate, spoke at the convention in Tennessee," Ford said to 14 News.

Grimes is from Maysville, Kentucky and now lives in Lexington. So far, she hasn't commented.  

It's widely reported that Ashley Judd will announce her run for Senate before the Kentucky Derby.  

This is certainly a race the nation will be watching.

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