The White House would not support former Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn.) in a primary bid against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said today.

Buzz has grown that Ford may launch a campaign against Gillibrand in the Empire State. Gibbs said the White House is happy with Gillibrand.



"I think the White House is quite happy with the leadership and the representation of Sen. Gillibrand in New York, and, as many are in the [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee] we're supporting her reelection," Gibbs said at the daily press briefing.

Asked whether White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) would be able to clear the primary field, Gibbs was coy.

"Stay tuned," he said.

The White House reportedly convinced a number of possible challengers, including New York Democratic Reps. Steve Israel, Carolyn Maloney and Carolyn McCarthy, to sit out the campaign.