* Treasurer Dan Rutherford believes that Bill Daley’s decision to drop out of the governor’s race helps Gov. Pat Quinn…
“Without having to contest a primary, he won’t be spending as much money, so he’ll be able to reserve his funds. For those of us that are in a contested primary, we’ll need to use our funds and replenish to get ready for the General Election, so that’s an advantage for him,” Rutherford said.
* Ed Morrissey at Hot Air believes the same…
Daley had the money and the organization to force Quinn to spend a lot of money and effort in the primary, leaving him weaker in the general election.
* There was a debate about this in comments last night as well. Some believed that Daley’s move benefits the Republican Party for an obvious reason…
Of course it helps the GOP.
You just guaranteed that you will be facing an incumbent with perhaps the lowest approval rating in the country while presiding over the 50th worst unemployment rate in America.
Short term? It would have been nice to have Daley beat up Quinn for a while and force him to spend cash.
Long term? You would much rather face Quinn than Daley or just about anyone else. Even with his reputation as a strong closer.
Plus, every GOP contender just got themselves a nice punching bag. If you don’t want to bloody the party, you pile on and bloody your common enemy. This may actually serve to unite the candidates a bit (not completely, but a bit) by focusing them on a single opponent.
* The Question: Does Bill Daley’s exit help or hurt the Republican Party’s chances? Take the poll and then explain your answer in comments, please.