Hedge fund manager who once claimed that Rahm’s Emanuel’s 50+ school closings in 2013 weren’t enough is spending $1 million to further the Daley legacy in Chicago.
CHICAGO, Feb. 13, 2019—Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey released the following statement regarding reports that hedge fund manager Ken Griffin, Illinois’ richest man, is giving $1 million to Bill Daley’s mayoral campaign:
“It seems like this is Bill Daley’s week to try and out-Rahm all the other Emanuel clones in the mayor’s race by taking this million dollar handout from Ken Griffin—the same Ken Griffin who said the number of school closings in 2013 that disproportionately affected Black and brown students and their families ‘should’ve been 125.’ And in return for such generosity, we can expect Daley to follow the same path as Rahm and commit million of dollars in TIF funds to Griffin’s business interests and refuse to hold our city’s richest people accountable for their growing, untaxed income.
“Eventually, Daley’s policies will prioritize the financial interests of billionaire campaign donors like Griffin, and he’ll have zero political will to choose the city’s residents, their schools and communities over the whims of his benefactors. Like Rahm, he’ll be the bankers’ candidate, another Mayor 1%, and future budget cuts and mass layoffs are a certainty.
“So we know what to expect from another Daley in City Hall: another mayor for big business, and not Black children, brown children or working class people. And there will be more school closings, because that’s the kind of catastrophe that his overlord Ken Griffin wants.
“He’ll be a puppet like Bruce Rauner. And look how that turned out.”