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With campaign aides to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg involved in the “exploratory” U.S. Senate run of Harold Ford Jr., the potential upstart candidate also is due to meet in the coming week with Frank MacKay, the Bloomberg-friendly state and Suffolk Independence Party chairman, and with party colleague Gary Melius, at the Melius-owned Oheika Castle in Huntington, sources told Newsday. Called for comment, MacKay said this: “We’re open to meeting all candidates, including challengers, for all statewide offices. We’re the open-door party, open minded on all the candidates.” Ford’s possible rival, Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, recently visited Oheika for a similar meet-and-greet.