Brown and Higgins Mentioned as Possible Clinton Successor

Buffalo, NY – Two Buffalo Democrats are being mentioned as possible replacements if U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton accepts a post with the Obama Administration. The names of both U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown have surfaced.

There is speculation that President-elect Barack Obama is considering Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State. If Clinton were to leave her Senate seat, Governor Paterson would appoint a successor. Mayor Brown says he is flattered and honored that his name has been mentioned as a possible replacement. But Brown says no one has contacted him at this point.

Meanwhile, Congressman Higgins says he doesn't want to speculate about Clinton's future plans. However, Higgins is one step ahead of Brown. Higgins has already discussed his name as a replacement with Erie County Democratic party chairman Len Lenihan.

Like Brown, Higgins feels it is an honor to have his name mentioned to represent the state as a senator in Washington. Both Higgins and Brown agree that Clinton has the right experience to become Secretary of State.

For now both Brown and Higgins say they are focused on their current jobs as mayor and congressman and doing the best they can for Buffalo and Western New York. Click the audio player above to hear Eileen Buckley's story now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.