WASHINGTON — Following the footsteps of his father, Bill Daley is exploring a bid for a higher office.
He has formed an exploratory campaign, according to Reuters, and is putting out feelers on a potential gubernatorial bid as a Democrat. He is looking to unseat current Illinois incumbent Pat Quinn in the Democratic primary, who has struggled to keep the state’s financial picture solvent.
Daley served as a White House Chief of Staff under Barack Obama from January 2011 to January 2012. He faults Quinn for failing to pass budget measures in a recent legislative session and as a reason for his gubernatorial bid.
“We can’t wait for the legislature to get well on its own,” Daley said. “We need a governor who takes the field, takes command and gets things done.”