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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Harold Ford May Challenge Gillibrand For New York Senate Seat

Just as Senator Kirsten Gillibrand thought she could breathe a little easier following news that GOP Rep. Peter King is "leaning against" seeking her senate seat in 2010, reports name Harold Ford Jr. as a possible challenger in a Democratic primary.

According to the New York Times:

About a dozen high-profile Democrats have expressed interest in backing a candidacy by Mr. Ford, including the financier Steven Rattner, who, along with his wife, Maureen White, has been among the country's most prolific Democratic fund-raisers.

Mayor Bloomberg, who has allegedly yet to warm to Gillibrand, is thought to be considering backing the 39-year-old former congressman.

Ford moved from Tennessee to New York following his unsuccessful 2006 senate bid.