Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley will NOT run for Illinois governor after all. His campaign tells IPR's Amanda Vinicky that Daley will explain more at a press conference in Chicago this morning:
Daley has flirted with running for office before, only to back out. This time, he insisted he was in it for keeps - like in this campaign video:
"I'm committed to running for governor ... there is no exploratory piece in this anymore."
But last night, Daley's campaign confirmed -- he's dropping out of the race. In an interview on WGN-TV, Daley said that although he's been around politics his whole life ...
"being a candidate is very different and I've come to realize that over the last couple months."
Daley nonetheless maintained his sharp criticism of Illinois' political leaders, especially incumbent Governor Pat Quinn. But without Daley, the field is clear for Quinn to clinch Democratic nomination. In a statement ... the Quinn campaign says it respects Daley's decision ... and that a divisive primary would have only helped Republicans.
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