The American Federation of Teachers "would be all in" if Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis chose to run for mayor, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. AFT President Randi Weingarten told the newspaper that the union would donate $1 million to Lewis' mayoral campaign, adding that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “has shown a deep disrespect for what public education is all about.”
“Look, Rahm is a particular kind of Democrat, but there are lots of Democrats who want to invest in public schools,” Weingarten said. “To run now takes a great amount of money, and too many Democrats are focused on what rich donors are saying, not what the working people are saying. I would have never called Rahm a friend of working people, not even 20 years ago.”
Weingarten said donating $1 million towards the race "would not be unprecedented for the AFT.”
Meanwhile, Lewis has not declared herself as a mayoral candidate for 2015, instead saying there is "50-50" chance that she would run against Emanuel, whom she calls "Mayor 1%."
According to campaign records, Emanuel has more than $8 million in cash-on-hand for his run for re-election.