Mayor Rahm Emanuel has temporarily suspended fundraising on behalf of Democratic super PACS to devote his attention to bringing the teachers' strike to an end, according to his political operation.
Emanuel was scheduled to attend a House Majority political action committee event in Chicago this afternoon, but cancelled his appearance.
“The mayor’s first priority is the residents of the city of Chicago. He is committed to re-electing the president, but he must focus on his job as mayor right now,” said Tom Bowen, executive director of the mayor's campaign fund, The Chicago Committee.
Emanuel recently resigned as a co-chair of President Obama's campaign to help target the country's biggest Democratic donors for a new breed of super political action committees that can raise unlimited contributions.
When asked last week about balancing his roles as mayor and a high-profile surrogate for Obama, Emanuel said he knows how to multi-task. Emanuel was Obama's first White House chief of staff.
Today's event was to raise money on behalf of six Illinois Democratic congressional candidates: Cheri Bustos, who faces freshman Rep. Bobby Schilling in a northwestern Illinois district; former Rep. Bill Foster, who is challenging veteran Rep. Judy Biggert in a west and southwest suburban district; Dr. David Gill who is running against newly tapped Republican candidate Rodney Davis in a central Illinois district; Brad Schneider who opposes freshman Rep. Robert Dold in a North Shore district; Tammy Duckworth, who is running against tea party-backed freshman Rep. Joe Walsh in a northwest suburban district; and William Enyart, recently tapped to run against former lieutenant governor candidate Jason Plummer in a district near St. Louis.
Democrats are trying to reverse Republican gains in Illinois during the 2010 mid-term elections. They're trying to unseat several freshmen Republicans elected two years ago and to pick up open seats in a map Democrats got to draw.