Obama Labor Backer Throws Herself Into V.P. Mix

ABC News' Teddy Davis, Tahman Bradley, Gregory Wallace, and Alexa Ainsworth Report: One of the unwritten rules of politics is that if you want to be vice president, you don't lobby for the job. But one of Barack Obama's most prominent labor backers has put herself in the running.

A Friday e-mail entitled, "New possibilities for Obama's VP," touted Anna Burger, the chair of the powerful "Change to Win" federation, to be the Democratic Party's vice presidential nominee. What was unusual about the missive to reporters is that it originated from a press secretary working at one of Burger's own unions.

"Thought you would be interested in this from David Sirota's column today on possible VP picks for Barack Obama," wrote Mark McCullough of the Service Employees International Union.

McCullough then bolded this line from Sirota's column: "[O]utside the electoral arena there are people like Anna Burger -- a leader of one of the largest labor unions, who was recently hailed by the Wall Street Journal as one of the 50 most influential women in America." The focus of the column by Sirota, who recently wrote "The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington," was finding an "anti-Clinton," populist candidate for vice president.

When ABC News contacted "Change to Win" to find out if Burger was prepared to be vetted for the vice presidency, Burger spokeswoman Stephanie Mueller said, "certainly."

"She is going to work as hard as she possibly can to make sure that he is the next president," said Mueller.

Asked why Burger was taking the unusual step of promoting herself for the job, Mueller explained that Burger did not want to be overlooked.

"I think there have been a number of really good suggestions made, and we wanted to make sure that all the people who have been put out there are in the mix," said Mueller. "Use the information as you will."

While noting that Burger originally hails from the battleground state of Pennsylvania, Mueller acknowledged Burger's dark-horse status.

"She is flattered even to have her name out there," said Mueller. "She's not waiting for a phone call."

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