many consultant thefts like CityTime. Now it seems that after yesterday's Delegate Assembly, the union will only support a candidate that can win. In other words, it is either Christine Quinn or Bill Thompson from sources inside the UFT leadership.
Why do I think my union leadership will support Bill Thompson? Let's look at the "tea leaves".
First, Randi Weingarten has come out and supported Bill Thompson for Mayor and if you think Randi does not have any influence over her old union, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. Moreover, Bill Thompson has outlined his "education agenda" and UFT President Michael Mulgrew was favorably impressed by it.
Second, it is highly unlikely the union will throw their support to Christine Quinn since she was partly responsible for Mayor Bloomberg's third term by allowing changes to the City Charter. Furthermore, Christine Quinn quietly supported many of the Mayor's attacks on teachers and stayed silent on the Mayor's LIFO bill and the drastic cuts in school budgets. Finally, she has been so closely aligned with Mayor Bloomberg that she is called "Bloomberg Lite" and I doubt her policy will be significantly different from the Mayor's.
Third, The other candidates are either unknown, too far to the left, or have political baggage and the union does not want to support a "loser".
While I do not have a favorite candidate, I would have like to see our union support either John Liu or Bill deBlasio but then I am only a member and my union does not listen to me.
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