Dems Still Searching for Paul Challenger

Paul to file for reelection today.

Auditor Adam Edelen’s (D) loss in his reelection bid also cost Kentucky Democrats their “best hope for a U.S. Senate candidate to challenge" Sen. Rand Paul (R). “Edelen, who until Election Day appeared to be gearing up to challenge Paul, said he hopes to one day resume his political career but he’s headed back into the private sector for now.”

Democratic Party chair Patrick Hughes “said he’s hopeful that the party will be able to come up with a top-tier candidate. … But Hughes admits that he’s not sure who that might be.”

“Talk in the party has largely settled around actress Ashley Judd (D) and state Veterans Affairs Commissioner Heather French Henry (D). … Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer (D), who lost the Democratic primary to challenge Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) in 2008, is also often mentioned as a possible challenger.”

“Henry said she’s not even thinking about the race right now. … Though she didn’t rule out a run completely, she said a federal office may not be the best fit for her now. … Judd’s publicist didn’t return an email seeking comment. … Fischer doesn’t seem eager to jump into the race.” A spokesman said: “The mayor enjoys being mayor.” (Louisville Courier-Journal)

MAKING IT OFFICIAL: "Paul plans to file for re-election to the U.S. Senate and to enter Kentucky's Republican presidential caucus following an event Monday in Louisville." (Louisville Courier-Journal)