Former Obama chief of staff launches exploratory governor bid
June 11th, 2013
10:32 AM ET
10 months ago

Former Obama chief of staff launches exploratory governor bid

(CNN) – Bill Daley, who served as President Barack Obama's chief of staff for one year between 2011 and 2012, announced Tuesday he was launching an exploratory bid for Illinois governor.

"The people of Illinois are paying a price for political failure," Daley said in a video announcing his campaign, pointing to stalled pension reform and marriage equality bills in the state legislature.

Illinois' current governor, Pat Quinn, is a Democrat who has not yet said whether he's running for re-election. Polls have shown Quinn is unpopular among voters.

In his video, Daley tied his bid to his tenure as Obama's chief of staff, noting legislative gridlock was a problem facing the federal government as well.

"When I was chief of staff to President Obama the Republican Congress tried to grind the federal government to a halt. So we launched the "We Can't Wait' campaign. On issue after issue, President Obama took executive action where Congress refused to act. We need that same kind of urgency in Illinois," he says.

Daley comes from a long line of Illinois politicians – his father and brother both served as Chicago mayor, a position now held by another former Obama chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. Before serving in the Obama administration, Daley acted as former President Bill Clinton's Commerce secretary and as chairman of Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.

Daley said his campaign would reflect "action and urgency" toward fixing his state's stalled reforms.

"This campaign is going to be a vehicle to deliver the message that we can't wait," he said. An exploratory committee allows a candidate to start raising campaign cash before officially jumping into the race.

CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


Filed under: Illinois • President Obama • William Daley
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    OBAMA,hands are all over this thing. we are not getting the whole story.

    June 11, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Another Daley carrying on the legendary corruption of his namesakes. Carry on, Illinois.

    June 11, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Susieq

    Good lord can we PPPLLLEEEAAASSSEEE get out of the Chicago corruption? I am 54 years old and we have had corrupt Chicago Politicians running this State for most of my adult life. We need a change. We need somebody who is not in the pockets of Chicago crooks. I live down state in Madison county. I will tell you that most people in Illinois (Bi-partisan) want someone who has NO connection at all to Chicago. Most of us could care less if it's Democrat or Republican just not Chicagoan. Anyone out there got an suggestions?

    June 11, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    It's not "big business" hiring illegal immigrants, Rudy... it's mom-and-pop shops, sole proprietorships, farms, etc. IF it was big business, they would have been found out. And here's one more clue for you... businesses, large and small, price their goods and services based on market-sustainable profit margins.
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    Besides you, who said anything abouit hiring illegal immigrants. I said "cheap labor", and you assumed "illegal immigrant." Despite your denials, big business benefits handsomely from the availability of CHEAP LABOR in the place of union employees.

    A perfect example of how big business benefits from cheap labor is the California hotel industry. During the Bush years, [not casting blame, here] , The hotel staffs shifted from being unionized with an average salary of $14 – $20 per hour with benefits. Most of those employees were primarily African Americans. Today, most of those same 20usekeeping, kitchen, and maintenance jobs are paying $8 – $12 per hour with no benefits and no unions. The staffs are now more than 90% Hispanic. And, Im talking about the big name hotel chains, not the Route 66 motels.

    The same trend can be found in public hospitals that have been privatized. Manufacturing and food processing plants that relocate. Ha! What's happened to that textile industry in New England? Cheap labor relocated plants or shut them down.

    June 11, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    It's not "big business" hiring illegal immigrants, Rudy... it's mom-and-pop shops, sole proprietorships, farms, etc. IF it was big business, they would have been found out. And here's one more clue for you... businesses, large and small, price their goods and services based on market-sustainable profit margins.
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    Besides you, who said anything abouit hiring illegal immigrants. I said "cheap labor", and you assumed "illegal immigrant." Despite your denials, big business benefits handsomely from the availability of CHEAP LABOR in the place of union employees
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    There you go again... taking comments that were made in an article about immigration reform and twisting it into a completely different context. Who do you think you're kidding? You're penchant to spin something to fit your narrative is mind boggling. Why just the other day, you were spouting off about supply and demand. Well, that basic economic rule applies to labor as well. When there's a lack of demand (jobs) and an abundance of supply (labor), the price (wages) goes down.

    June 11, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Yes1fan

    Fair is Fair, you are wrong. Wal-Mart has construction crews working in the U.S. buliding their stores, mostly from Mexico.

    June 11, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Sniffit

    20 year veteran of the IRS testifies that he's a conservative republican and that there was no political motivation underlying the "targeting" and Issa's leaks were specifically designed to hide that fact: CNN sweeps it under the rug.

    June 11, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Mark Tampa

    Rudy,

    What you say is true but it's also true that you're talking about service jobs that can't be deported. The problem is that America does not want to be a protectionist state and trade with the world though America's quality of living exceeds almost the rest of the world. Somethings gotta give if you keep letting these large amounts of imports and immigrants in without the proper cause and effect issues being addressed. The unions are big on illegal immigration, (which are the majority of the hospitality workers you talk about) yet they complain they've lost union jobs.

    June 11, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Dean

    Chicago/Illinois politics – the leader in corruption. And I'll bet you a dollar against your thousand dollars that Owebama does not have a thing to do with this.

    June 11, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Yes1fan

    Fair is Fair, you are wrong. Wal-Mart has construction crews working in the U.S. buliding their stores, mostly from Mexico.
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    Wal-Mart does not maintain a construction staff. They, like most others, contract out construction projects to firms, usually local to the construction site, and of varying sizes. It is those firms, not Wal-Mart (in your example) who are responsible for the makeup of their labor force. So it is you, Yes1fan, who is wrong.

    June 11, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    There you go again... taking comments that were made in an article about immigration reform and twisting it into a completely different context. Who do you think you're kidding? You're penchant to spin something to fit your narrative is mind boggling. Why just the other day, you were spouting off about supply and demand. Well, that basic economic rule applies to labor as well. When there's a lack of demand (jobs) and an abundance of supply (labor), the price (wages) goes down.
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    Does not change the fact that I said "cheap labor" and you flipped it into "illegal immigrants". Where do you think those cheap labor workers used to work? Many times it is the illegals who fill their former jobs. It ripples throughout the job market, displacing workers.

    June 11, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    There you go again... taking comments that were made in an article about immigration reform and twisting it into a completely different context. Who do you think you're kidding? You're penchant to spin something to fit your narrative is mind boggling. Why just the other day, you were spouting off about supply and demand. Well, that basic economic rule applies to labor as well. When there's a lack of demand (jobs) and an abundance of supply (labor), the price (wages) goes down.
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    Does not change the fact that I said "cheap labor" and you flipped it into "illegal immigrants". Where do you think those cheap labor workers used to work? Many times it is the illegals who fill their former jobs. It ripples throughout the job market, displacing workers.
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    Now you're just being obtuse. The article was about immigration reform. You state that republicans will never pass it due to the right's "love of cheap labor". It's no great leap for ANYONE to make the association of immigration to cheap labor you obviously implied. You're being intellectually dishonest – again, no surprise. Hey, if it helps you sleep at night, knock yourself out. But by all means, keep talking. And keep digging.

    June 11, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |