It wasn’t losing that worried Bill Daley?
It was winning, he says.
Daley, who served President Barack Obama as chief of staff and Bill Clinton as commerce secretary and Al Gore as presidential campaign manager, and who is the son and brother of two former Chicago mayors, has abruptly withdrawn from the contest for the Democratic nomination for governor of Illinois.
“To be honest with you, losing it wasn’t the worst of my fears,” Daley, 65, told the Chicago Tribune’s Rick Pearson. `In many ways, winning it and having the commitment of five years to nine years was something I struggled with… You know, the dog catches the tire and, boom.”
The incumbent Democrat, Gov. Pat Quinn, cannot win re-election, Daley maintains.
Then again, neither can Daley — whose prospects in the March party primary were questioned by some — because he’s out after four months of running.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that Pat Quinn will not be the next governor of Illinois,” Daley told theTribune. `This governor is not that strong that somebody should fear running against him.”
“But the last six weeks or so have been really tough on me, struggling with this,” said Daley. “Is this really me? Is this really what I want to spend my next five to nine years doing? And is this the best thing for me to do at this stage of my life? I’ve come to the conclusion that this isn’t the best thing for me.”