The Senator From AFT

by Robert Pondiscio
December 9th, 2008

Senator Randi Weingarten?  New  York Governor David Paterson says he will consider appointing AFT President Randi Weingarten to fill Hillary Clinton’s U.S. Senate seat.  Gotham Schools’ Elizabeth Green broke the story yesterday.  This morning’s Daily News has Paterson on the record confirming it. Paterson tells the New York Daily News that Weingarten contacted him about the seat.  Weingarten told him “she won’t run away” if Paterson calls on her.  “She said, ‘You know me well enough to know if you want me,’” Paterson said. “I thought she handled it very well.”

Most of the speculation around who will fill Clinton’s seat once she becomes Secretary of State surrounds Caroline Kennedy and Andrew Cuomo.