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Emanuel Cutting Short Trip To Democratic National Convention

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be spending a lot less time at the Democratic National Convention than he’d originally planned.

Originally, the mayor had planned to be in Charlotte from Tuesday through Friday morning.

Now, his Communications Director Sarah Hamilton tells Newsradio that Emanuel has changed his plans.

“It’s changed a bit. He’s still… the mayor’s going tomorrow (Tuesday) to Charlotte to speak to the Democratic National Convention and he will be returning Chicago late Wednesday evening,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton said the Obama campaign has asked Emanuel to host a watch party on Thursday for campaign staffers who can’t go to Charlotte.

Hamilton insisted the mayor’s shortened trip to the convention doesn’t have anything to do with a possible teachers strike.

“They’re making good progress, and the mayor believes the right people are at the table,” Hamilton said.

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She said Emanuel’s abbreviated trip likewise doesn’t have anything to do with the city’s higher murder rate this year.

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