CTU's Lewis to discuss mayor's race with black business leaders

Written By Michael Sneed Posted: 08/15/2014, 12:52am

The Lewis ascendancy: To run or not to run?

Sneed hears Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis will attempt to woo black business leaders onto her mayoral bandwagon this month.

Sneed is told the Business Leadership Council, a nonprofit organization made up of top African-American business leaders and financial gurus, has scheduled a meeting this month with Lewis.

◆ The big question: Can the obstreperous Lewis, 61, who put the odds at 50-50 she will run against the equally obstreperous Mayor Rahm Emanuel, convince them to back her candidacy?

“No black contender for the mayor’s job has surfaced except Lewis,” said a council source. 

“If she shows up, I guess it means she wants the job,” he added. “But these are business leaders, and they want a financial stalwart in that job — and they can do business with Rahm.”

Last month, Sneed reported that Lewis, who has formed an informal mayoral exploratory committee, might have a difficult time becoming a black mayoral consensus candidate because “she’d be a disaster” in the finance category and weak on “knowing the ins and outs of government,” a Sneed source said at the time.

But recent polls show her numbers jumping ahead of Emanuel’s.

Stay tuned.

Play ball!

Sneed hears Mayor Rahm Emanuel was so pleased with the Jackie Robinson West team’s big win in the Little League World Series Thursday, he’s bringing the Jumbotron back at another watch party for their second game on Sunday.


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