by Kate Phillips
The chatter about Harold Ford Jr.’s possible challenge to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand continues to swell today, building upon the White House’s decision on Monday to swat away the notion and Mr. Ford’s own Op-ed promoting the idea in The New York Post.
Bucking the New York Democratic power structure is never easy, and Senator Charles E. Schumer, the veteran lawmaker who now reigns as No. 3 in the Senate, has already backed Ms. Gillibrand, who was appointed last year to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Along with Gov. David Paterson, who said on Monday that Mr. Ford might want to run a primary in another state). Raymond Hernandez and Jeremy Peters lined up the opposition in their article in The New York Times this morning.