Key Dems Support Ford for New York Senate Seat

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The Senate primary battles could get a lot more interesting if former Tennessee Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr. decides to run for the Senate—in New York.

Ford, who moved to New York three years ago and is currently employed by Merrill Lynch, is reportedly eyeing a primary challenge to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who was appointed to the seat last year by Gov. David Paterson to fill the vacancy left by Sen. Hillary Clinton after she was appointed secretary of State.

The New York Times reports that Ford is being encouraged by key party donors, including financier Steven Rattner, to take a serious look at the race, and that a decision is likely within the next 45 days. The former lawmaker is lining up meetings with potential donors to see if he can raise the cash he would need to run. Citing anonymous sources, the Times reports that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg would be supportive of a Ford run as well.

Full Story: Washington Wire