CHICAGO (CBS) — Among the first to back Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in his bid for mayor, the Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday was taking a brief moment to enjoy Garcia’s success in forcing a runoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
When CTU President Karen Lewis pulled herself out of consideration for mayor, due to a bout with cancer, she and the union threw their support behind Garcia.
Emanuel vastly outspent Garcia and the three other challengers ahead of Tuesday’s election, and he had at least eight times as many TV commercials as Garcia, but still could not win outright, getting only 45 percent of the vote.
That gave renewed energy to Garcia supporters, like CTU financial secretary Kristine Mayle.
“Money can only buy you so much. If you don’t have the support of the people, you can’t win. It’s a beautiful day for democracy when that’s the truth,” she said.