Former White House chief of staff withdraws bid for governor.
"This was not an easy decision to make," Bill Daley explained to Chicago Tribune Reporter, Rick Pearson, as a result of his startling announcement where he ended his bid for governor of Illinois.
"You really don't get a sense of the enormity of it until you get into it," he said of the grueling political journey that he embarked on in June, with the launch of his "exploratory committee."
While egos can play a role in political campaigns, Daley remarked that his apprehension of running for governor was not about losing the campaign but about "winning it and having the commitment of five years to nine years."
Daley was well financed for the race, having raised a stunning $1.2 million since his announcement at the end of July. Daley also had the support of influential political figures, including that of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Daley also attirbuted his exodus from the Illinois gubernatorial race to his "question: is this really the best use of who I am and my strengths… as opposed to the sort of things I've done in the past?" He said that it came down to what was best for him, his family and the people of Illinois.
He suggested that the "enormity of the problems" that Illinois faces is a pressure that he is not ready to take on.
Although some speculated that Daley's health played a role in the decision, Delay refuted rumors with a pronouncement of a clean bill of health. "I turn 65 in August. I'm in good health," he said.
With Daley out of the race, incumbent Governor Pat Quinn faces no other Democrat competitors. But Daley has encouraged other Democrats to step up and run against Quinn. "This governor is not that strong that somebody should fear running against him," Daley said.
Daley has promised to "stay involved and engaged," but will do so as a private citizen resolving not to seek public office again.