Lenihan Urges Paterson to Look Upstate for Clinton Replacement

Buffalo, NY – If Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's is confirmed by the Senate as Secretary of State, it will be up to Governor David Paterson to name her replacement.

As we have reported over the past couple of weeks, Congressman Brian Higgins and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown have already been mentioned as possible replacements. But Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Len Lenihan says there are other potential replacements the Governor could consider who represent downstate.

Lenihan says the key appointing a replacement is to balance the power structure geographically. He says an upstate leader like Congressman Higgins has the right experience to fill the Senate seat.