Rosenberg: ‘I’m here to vote for Chandler’

  • Former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg at the State House, Thursday. shns photo

State House News Service
Thursday, February 08, 2018

Former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Thursday declined to say whether he’d seek the presidency again in 2019.

Senate Democrats on Wednesday announced plans to install Sen. Harriette Chandler as the chamber’s president for the remainder of this legislative session, which runs until next January.

The Senate on Thursday voted 37-0 to drop the “acting” from Chandler’s title, and Chandler plans to move into Rosenberg’s former office suite. While on Rosenberg’s leadership team, Chandler served as majority leader, and she plans to now name her own majority leader.

Rosenberg has consistently said Hefner had no influence over his actions, but his colleagues this week opted to put Chandler in charge for 2018 without awaiting the results of the Senate Ethics Committee investigation they authorized.

“I’m here to vote for Senator Chandler,” Rosenberg said after a reporter asked him for his thoughts on the Senate moving to install Chandler as president and potentially closing the door on his return to the position.

During a recess from Thursday’s session, where Rosenberg was successful in tacking several amendments on to a $3.5 billion borrowing bill, Rosenberg told reporters he would take just one question.

“One question, one answer, so make it good,” he said as approached them. He did not answer when repeatedly asked if he would seek the presidency in 2019. “I said one question, not two. I said one question for the group,” he said.