White House May Work To Clear Another Challenger For Senator Gillibrand

01.12.10 | FL News Team

The Obama White House may once again get involved in New York politics and clear the field of another potential Democratic challengers in race for U.S. Senate. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's political allies have knocked out possible opponents since Governor Paterson appointed her last year to serve out Hillary Clinton's Senate term. Harold Ford Junior is considering a primary campaign and said last week he will not bow to "party bosses," following a meeting with Senator Chuck Schumer. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs gives a direct message to the former Tennessee Congressman that the White House is happy with Senator Gillibrand's leadership and representation. But Gibbs would not detail how the White House would convince Ford not to take on Gillibrand, who is running for her first statewide campaign. Ford responds to the comments from the White House, saying, quote, "I have great respect for President Obama and if I run and win I look forward to working with him."