Gov. Pat Quinn isn’t gloating about his Democratic challenger dropping out of the governor’s race. In his first public appearance since Bill Daley ended his candidacy, Quinn refused to speculate on his rival’s decision, saying he’s focused on running the state. “I work for everyday people, folks who don't have champions and friends in high places. They're the heart and soul of Illinois," Quinn said.
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When asked about Daley’s parting comments which suggested that Quinn couldn’t win in the general election, Quinn painted his departing opponent one last time as an out-of-touch businessman. "Anybody can say their opinion,” Quinn said. “My job is to work hard for folks who aren’t big shots." The governor also dismissed concerns about Daley refusing to endorse him after he dropped out, saying that come next year, only the opinion of voters will count.