A Democratic candidate for governor has a famous photo on his website. The candidate is William Daley, and the photo is from the White House situation room the day of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. Daley was White House chief of staff at the time, and he wants people to know it. “I’ve been involved in lots of situations, none more important than that one as far as true leadership by the president, and by someone who takes action and took action and showed leadership and I’m proud to be part of that leadership team,” he said.
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It’s an official White House photo, though, and the White House doesn’t want its photos used to imply that the president or the White House is endorsing a political candidate. Daley and a campaign spokesman say they’re not implying that, and the public shouldn’t infer it. Daley also said Thursday in a brief availability with reporters in Chicago that he believes the governor’s veto of lawmakers’ pay is an unconstitutional stunt that sets a precedent that could be abused by future governors, and how vows if elected governor never to veto anybody’s pay.