* He’s talking a good game, but this is the third time he’s talked a good game, so we’ll have to wait and see…
Former White House Chief of Staff William Daley talked a lot about a lack of “leadership” in Illinois government Thursday as he continued to mull a run for governor in 2014.
“I am thinking about it seriously. We are a way’s off [from the next gubernatorial campaign],” said Daley to applause from a packed house at a City Club of Chicago luncheon. […]
What’s changed is that his brother, Richard M. Daley, is no longer mayor of Chicago — which some political observers viewed as a stumbling block to him winning the state’s highest office because too much power would be concentrated in the Daley family. “I couldn’t convince Rich then to get out,” Daley joked to reporters.
He called Quinn “a decent, honest, good person” and refused to be pinned down about a run against the Democratic incumbent.
* He believes he’s diagnosed the problem, leadership…
“I’ve had the privilege of working with great leaders,” Daley said. “I was in the situation room (when Obama made the call to kill Osama Bin Laden.”
Daley also focused on his father, Richard M. Daley’s, leadership, saying that the decision to raze Little Italy to make way for the University of Illinois Chicago campus took real guts. […]
Quinn, he suggested, does not possess those qualities — and failed to lead on pension reform.
“Gov Quinn’s proposals had promise but have been ignored. Divisiveness keeps winning out. …it’s not right to blame the workers. If Illinois is to solve the pension crisis political leaders need to put themselves at risk.”
But it’s not just pensions, Daley said. It’s education, energy and more.
“The list goes on and on of needs,” he said. “We’ve been forced to look inward at problems that should have been fixed long ago.It’s no wonder people of Illinois hunger for leadership.”
His work with Bill Clinton and Barack Obama would be positives in a Democratic primary.
But here’s my question: What Democratic primary voters does Bill Daley win over that Dan Hynes didn’t?