Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn have had their differences over everything from casino gambling and CTA funding cuts to who will lead the stadium authority that oversees U.S. Cellular Field.
But, Emanuel is not about to join his old friend Bill Daley in declaring Quinn a sure-loser to whomever the Republican nominee for governor will be.
“The voters will decide the fate—not just of Gov. Quinn. They’re going to decide the fate of the state of Illinois. That’s what their election’s for. And I’m not in the business of prognosis of what that will be,” said Emanuel, who has close ties to millionaire venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, a Republican candidate for governor.
On the day after Daley’s surprising exit from the governor’s race, Emanuel commended his old friend for “being honest with himself” about his desire to be governor—or the lack of it.
“These are big jobs. They’re important jobs. And you have to be honest with yourself if you’re going to take on the challenge of public life,” the mayor said.
Until now, Bill Daley had a history of being Illinois’ biggest political tease. He flirted repeatedly with running for governor and U.S. senator only to walk away again and again.
Now that he has jumped into the water and jumped back out, his days of being taken seriously are over.
Emanuel acknowledged as much when he complimented his old friend for “a lifetime of public service.”
After serving as U.S. Commerce secretary, campaign chairman for Al Gore’s presidential campaign and succeeding Emanuel as White House chief-of-staff, the mayor said Bill Daley has “a lot to be proud of.”