Bill Daley, who served a brief but uneventful stint, as President Barack Obama's chief-of-staff, insists he stands up for Democratic values. Bill Daley asserts this in spite of the fact that he will not endorse his now-former rival, Governor Pat Quinn, also a fellow Democrat. Bill Daley insists that it is his "honest assessment" that Governor Quinn will not win reelection.
Bill Daley has said that he is insulted by the talk by Quinn's campaign that he does not stand for Democratic values, and was especially incensed during the campaign remarks from them that painted Daley as a wealthy banker. The Quinn campaign people had said, “Millionaire bankers including Bill Daley … helped create the recession."
Whether Bill Daley changes his mind and supports Governor Quinn, it is now clear that Quinn's path to victory is much clearer now. After all, Governor Quinn is the incumbent and has all the advantages of incumbency in his favor going forward,
It was not that long ago that the group think among Illinois political pundits was that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan would be the Democratic nominee for governor just for the asking. That was notwithstanding that Pat Quinn was the incumbent governor. But something happened along the way.
Bill Daley couldn't wait any longer for AG Lisa Madigan to make a decision, so Bill Daley jumped in.
Maybe, but just shortly after Bill Daley got in, Lisa Madigan announced she would get out. Bill Daley made noise about Lisa Madigan's father being the Speaker of the House and how could his daughter be the governor, concentrating too much power in the Madigan family. A three-way race might have been problematic for Madigan.
Bill Daley scared Lisa Madigan out of the race.
In Lisa Madigan announcement that she would not run, blamed it on her father being the Speaker of the House.
Something scared Bill Daley out of the race too. He insists it wasn't a fear of losing to Governor Quinn. Of course, it was and Quinn's losing in November would somehow vindicate Bill Daley.
Bill Daley will not be vindicated. As Daley said himself at the press conference at the Union League Club, “I'll be proven either a genius or an idiot” on Election Day.
I won't say it.
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John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African American studies, published by The Elevator Group, Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books. John has volunteered for many political campaigns. John is an unpaid volunteer and social media advisor at Robin Kelly for Congress.