* Greg Hinz talked to Bill Daley…
“I’ve thought about elective office as sort of the crowning thing that I’d do,” Mr. Daley said in our phone conversation. “It’s one thing to think about it, another thing to do it.”
Mr. Quinn “is in bad (political) shape. I would have beaten him,” said Mr. Daley. “Pat Quinn is a great guy and a White Sox fan. But this state is in deep doo-doo.”
However, he added, “I had to ask, is this really what I want to do in the next four or six or nine years?” There was no one particular event, a poll or attack that drove him out of the race, Mr. Daley said. “It was an accumulation of things . . . Is this what you’re going to commit yourself to?”
Mr. Daley said he has not yet decided who he will support for governor next year, but asked if he will endorse Mr. Quinn, had a one-word answer: “No.” Asked if he actually might endorse a Republican, Mr. Daley replied, “I don’t know . . . I don’t know who’s in the race yet.”
There are so many things wrong with that thinking that I’m almost overwhelmed. But here are two…
1) Essentially, he admitted that he was trying to enhance his resume by running. It was about him, not the office or what he could do for the state.
2) He calls himself a Democrat, but leaves the door opening to endorsing a Republican? It truly was all about him.
* More from the Tribune story…
Daley said the weight of his six-week struggle over whether to continue his candidacy fell heavily last week during a news conference when a reporter reminded him of a Quinn comment that the governor “was put on Earth” to solve the state’s pension dilemma. At the time, Daley said he hoped that he was on Earth for more than just solving the pension mess.
But in an interview at his Loop office Monday, Daley said the moment left him to ponder, “is that really what I’m put on Earth for?”
* We’ve been sucked into a year-long psychodrama by a guy who, ironically, turns out to have few actual leadership skills…
Daley also could have faced questions for his handling of the White House during Obama’s first term.
In “The Message: The Reselling of President Obama,” a new book on the 2012 presidential campaign, political reporter Richard Wolffe quoted one campaign aide describing Daley as a “walking disaster” whose 2011-2012 West Wing stint was “chaotic,” according to Monday’s Washington Post.