Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is extending his surrogate role on behalf of his old boss, President Obama, by keynoting the Iowa Democratic Party's largest pre-caucus fundraiser of the year.
Sue Dvorsky, the Iowa Democratic chairwoman, today announced Emanuel's appearance at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. In a statement, she called Emanuel "one of the great advocates for Democratic values and middle class opportunity throughout his service in both the Clinton and Obama administrations, as a leader in Congress, and now at the helm of the great city of Chicago."
Emanuel previously served as a fundraiser and top adviser for President Bill Clinton and later served as Obama's chief of staff, before leaving the administration to mount his successful bid to succeed Richard M. Daley as Chicago mayor.
It marks the second time that Emanuel has served as a high-profile surrogate to Obama's re-election campaign. In July, the mayor was a featured speaker for the president at a New York fundraiser.