* Dan Balz writes about the upcoming Democratic gubernatorial primary…
When I asked him how he sized up his opponent, Quinn said: “He’s not a reformer. Never has been. He’s not a progressive. Never has been. He’s not an organizer of grass-roots campaigns. Never has been. When you run in Illinois as a Democrat, you’d better be a progressive, you’d better be a reformer and you’d better know how to interact with everyday people. I’ve been doing that for the last 40 years.” […]
Quinn, [Daley] says, is “a nice guy” but a weak leader who has failed repeatedly to solve the state’s budgetary problems, even though Democrats control the legislature in Springfield. “A state like ours, any state, needs a strong governor. And if there’s anything that most people, I think, would say, it’s that Pat is not a strong governor,” Daley said from his office on the 25th floor of the JPMorgan Chase building.
Daley served as a senior executive at JPMorgan Chase before and after his time in the Obama White House. Quinn has seized on that experience to attack him. When I asked Quinn how he would respond to criticism that his state has such a high jobless rate, his reply offered a taste of the rough campaign ahead.
“Did this come from a banker who was with an institution that wrecked the American economy? Ran it into a ditch, as President Obama said?” he said. “An institution that has engaged in improper mortgage practices found by the attorney general, caused hardship, ruined the housing industry. People are going to judge who’s on their side when it comes to jobs, and we’ll see how they judge.”
He’s right that Quinn isn’t a strong leader.
But Daley still has an office in the JPMorgan Chase building? Really? Sheesh.
This nasty back and forth could create a clear opening for a third candidate. It’s why Quinn doesn’t want Sen. Raoul in the race. I doubt he’ll be able to attack Raoul like he’s been doing to Daley - not without creating a backlash, anyway. And Daley may think he wants Raoul in the mix, but how many Quinn-hating Democrats are gonna be enthusiastic about voting for a bankster with a name like Daley if there’s a viable alternative? To some, this looks to be shaping up as another CM-B 1992. I’m not so sure yet, but there are some resemblances.