Election 2014
4:40 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Daley: Didn't Realize 'Enormity' Of Being A Candidate

Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley says his decision to drop out of the 2014 gubernatorial race doesn't mean he couldn't beat Gov. Pat Quinn.

Credit Brian Mackey/WUIS

Daley told reporters Tuesday he thinks he had enough support _ including
downstate _ and fundraising ability. But he says he didn't realize the
``enormity'' of being a candidate.
 
He says Quinn is also likely to lose to a Republican in November next year.
 
The brother and son of two longtime Chicago mayors got choked up as he
described his family's service to politics and his decision to step aside.
 
He says he didn't base it on any single issue.
 
Daley says he'll return political contributions and return to the private
sector.