White House: Beat It Ford, We Like Gillibrand

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has a pretty powerful ally in her potential primary match up with Harold Ford Jr.—the White House. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs answered a question about Ford at a press briefing today and said. "I think the White House is quite happy with the leadership and the representation of Senator Gillibrand in New York. We’re supporting her re-election." When asked if the administration was planning anything to make Gillibrand's path to reelection any easier, Gibbs offered a vague, "Stay tuned."

Not that any of this bothered Ford. He appeared on Hardball tonight and had this to say to the haters in D.C.: "I have great respect for President Obama. If I run and win, I look forward to working with him. But I will listen to New Yorkers as I make this decision."

White House Opposes Challenge to Gillibrand [NYT]