Published On: Sun, Sep 14th, 2014

Rahm Emanuel’s Deep Pockets Might Not Fend Off Teachers Union Foe

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel might not be so popular these days, but he does have a lot of cash for his re-election. His campaign may be funded to the tune of $8 million, not counting secondary funds. Emanuel fans might have been heartened by the news that Chicago Board member Toni Preckwinkle won’t be jumping into the race, but there is a major threat to Rahm Emanuel’s campaign: Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers’ Union. She is willing to throw in $40, 000 of her own money into the contest, and it would not be too far-fetched to think the Union will donate $1 million.

National Teachers Union President Randi Weingarten said, “In a race like this, spending $1 million would not be unprecedented for the AFT.” Karen Lewis might be less heavily funded than Emanuel, but polls already show her with a 9 point lead over the Mayor.

Alderman Bob Fioretti might join in the race, and he is expected to make an announcement, yeah or nay, by September 14.

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