David Axelrod, President Obama's chief strategist in 2008 and his close advisor, will travel to Arizona on Thursday to headline an event supporting Obama's reelection.

Gen44, a young professionals fundraising program of the national Democratic Party, will host Axelrod along with Arizona state Rep. Ruben Gallego (D).

Axelrod, one of Obama's most visible surrogates, left his post at the White House in January to work on the president's reelection campaign.

He released a campaign memo on Tuesday signalling that Obama would make his American Jobs Act a major component of his reelection strategy, pummeling Republicans who obstruct his attempts to revive the economy.

Obama's legislation appears to be stalled in the Senate after it failed to get to 60 votes during a key procedural vote on Tuesday.