Bill Daley announced Monday that he is dropping out of the race for Illinois governor according to the Chicago Sun-Times:
"In a stunning political development, former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is dropping out of the governor’s race because, as one longtime political friend put it Monday, he didn’t have the “fire in the belly.”
When asked if he was throwing his hat out of the ring, Daley said emphatically:
Daley, the brother and son of former Chicago mayors, scheduled a news conference for Tuesday morning at the Union League Club, where his spokesman said the former Commerce Secretary would explain his decision to voters.
“Faced with the prospect of five or nine years to try to dig the state out of the mess that it’s in, Bill decided that’s not what he’s wanting to do at age 65,” campaign spokesman Pete Giangreco said.
Giangreco denied that fund-raising, health or Gov. Pat Quinn being too formidable a candidate were factors in Daley’s decision."