Bill Daley Inches Closer To A Gubernatorial Run (VIDEO) (UPDATED)
Bill Daley filed papers with the Illinois State Board of Elections Tuesday to run for governor.
President Barack Obama's former chief of staff says legislative inaction on pensions during the spring session played a big role in his decision to further pursue a run a governor.
"Our state needed a productive legislative session, but what happened? Pension reform failed again. Marriage equality dies at the last minute. Protecting our kids from illegal guns—another joke,” Daley said in a video on his campaign website. Take a look:
In addition to the Illinois General Assembly's failure to pass a pension reform bill, Daley, who is the brother of former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, made note of the legislature's inability to vote on the marriage equality bill and an assault weapons as well as the state's unemployment rate as reasons for his run. Daley also made mention of his time in the Obama White House, hinting that as leader of the state he would make executive decisions if the state legislature failed to do their job.
Daley stopped short of saying he is formerly running though, instead announcing that he forming an exploratory campaign "of action and urgency because that is the type of leadership the people in Illinois deserve."
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is also rumored to be a mulling a run against Gov. Pat Quinn for the Democratic nomination in the 2014 race for governor. Republicans Bill Brady, Dan Rutherford, Kirk Dillard and Bruce Rauner are also set to run for Illinois governor.
UPDATE 1 (1:08 p.m.): Republican gubernatorial candidate Rauner responded to Daley's announcement by saying that the state needs "a clean break from the political machines that have been in charge for too long." Rauner also said Daley is "one more candidate from the entrenched Illinois political power structure," according to a report by the Associated Press.
UPDATE 1 (3:44 p.m.): Daley has nnouned some key members of his campaign team this afternoon:
Sam Scott, Campaign Chairman
Retired Chairman and CEO of Corn Products; Chicago Urban League Board Member, Co-Chair, Immigration Task Force, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Roz Skozen, Finance Consultant
Former Midwest Finance Director, Obama for America 2012; Midwest Deputy Finance Director, Obama for America 2008
John Anzalone, Pollster
Anzalone Liszt Grove Research
Larry Grisolano, Media Consultant
AKPD Message and Media
Terry Walsh and Pete Giangreco, Strategy and Direct Mail
The Strategy Group
Lauren Miller, Digital Strategists
Bully Pulpit Interactive, Digital Strategists to Obama for America and Senator Elizabeth Warren