Coleman, McAuliffe to Be Visiting Fellows at Harvard

Posted August 20, 2009 at 3:27pm

Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) and failed Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe are joining Harvard University’s Institute of Politics as visiting fellows this fall, the university announced Thursday.The institute, which is located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, also announced Thursday that Stephanie Cutter, a top lieutenant in President Barack Obama’s campaign — and the architect of the successful push to confirm Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor — will serve as a resident fellow.According to the announcement, “Visiting Fellows traditionally meet with student groups; lead discussion groups on topical issues and their experiences in public and political service; and participate in public policy classes with students and Harvard Kennedy School faculty.— Resident fellows hold weekly discussions with students and faculty.Other resident fellows include former National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy and columnist Peggy Noonan. Ursula Plassnik, a member of the Austrian Parliament and former president of the Council of the European Union, will join McAuliffe and Coleman as a visiting fellow.Coleman, who conceded his re-election bid in June following a bitterly contested fight with Sen. Al Franken (D), has been rumored to be considering a run to replace Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), although he has indicated he will not make an announcement about his intentions until next spring.