William Daley had some parting words as he dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination for governor. In a news conference Tuesday morning in Chicago, he said his decision was personal – he didn’t realize how tough it is being a candidate – and not a reassessment of his chance of winning. “I also believe I could have won, because I have a vision for the state that would help take us from the bottom to the top, and a team, both politically and putting together a policy team of experts that could have turned things around,” he said.
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Daley said he stands by his statement of a month ago that Gov. Pat Quinn won’t win, and he said Quinn’s assertion that Daley doesn’t belong in a Democratic primary because he’s a rich banker who doesn’t care about regular people was very offensive to him. Daley is the son and brother of former mayors of Chicago. He also was commerce secretary under President Clinton and chief of staff for President Obama, so he says no one should question his standing as a Democrat. Daley ended his “exploratory” phase and jumped into the race on July 31, so he was an actual candidate for only a month and a half.
He refused to throw his support to anybody, and he said he will return the $800,000 he raised for the race to the individual donors.