And he says that she contacted him. The Daily News reports:

Paterson said Weingarten, who recently also became president of the American Federation of Teachers, 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.”

“We will consider her,” he added.

This morning Weingarten will be at the Robert F. Kennedy High School in Flushing — a school named for that former New York senator, whose family keeps cropping up in discussions of Hillary Clinton’s soon-to-be-open Senate seat. Other speakers will include Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, NYSUT President Richard Iannuzzi, and Kerry Kennedy, RFK’s daughter.

Liz Benjamin filed this into the “Department of Interesting Timing.” Agreed. NYSUT, the state teachers union, has spent the last several weeks pitching the supposed story, which is a new curriculum on RFK’s life that the union developed. The union even got a bite from at least two newspapers. Is it just a coincidence that Weingarten steps into the story the same day her name is floated?