Republicans are using the Chicago teachers' strike to pressure Mayor Rahm Emanuel to quit his new role as a fund-raiser for the Obama-sanctioned Super Pac raising money for his re-election bid.
Meanwhile, GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney--hours before arriving in Lake Forest for a $3 million fund-raiser Monday night--said the Chicago Teachers Union was turning its backs on public school students. My post on Romney and the Chicago strike is HERE.
Emanuel resigned as an Obama campaign co-chair to instead fund-raise for Priorities Action USA, the main Obama Super Pac. The Washington Post last week disclosed the move.
On Monday, as Chicago public school teachers hit the picket line for the first time in 25 years, the Illinois Republican Party used the occasion to call for Emanuel to quit the Super Pac in a statement headlined, "Emanuel Should Focus on Chicago, Step Down from Obama Super PAC."
The Republican National Committee also linked the strike to Emanuel's Super Pac role and President Barack Obama. RNC press secretary Kirsten Kukowski said in an e-mail, "All - Governor Romney says the Chicago teachers union is turning its back on families relying on public schools. What does Obama think about the Chicago Public Schools strike? Does he approve of his former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel raising money for his Super PAC with the strike and crime rate problems in Chicago? Does he stand by his stated "commitment to them"?
ILLINOIS GOP STATEMENT: "Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady today urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel to publicly suspend his work organizing and raising money for a pro-Obama Super PAC in order to focus on resolving the Chicago teachers strike.
"Last week, the Washington Post reported that Emanuel "was quitting his honorary position with the president's campaign to devote his time to helping raise big-dollar contributions for a pro-Obama super PAC called Priorities USA Action." The mayor has not provided any update on his involvement with Priorities USA Action since the Chicago teachers strike began this morning.
"Chicago families deserve the mayor's complete attention this week," Brady said. "Mayor Emanuel should put aside his Obama Super PAC fundraising work and put Chicago issues first."