Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley (D) "parlayed his connections and experience to reach the upper echelons of government and big business, advising U.S. presidents, political leaders, corporate chieftains and financiers while amassing a fortune. If his gubernatorial bid is unsuccessful, "his famous last name and success as a businessman ironically may be why."
Daley says Gov. Pat Quinn (D) and liberals are saying about him: "I made money and worked at a bank. Ipso facto, that's bad. People aren't simplistic like that. They want results. I don't think Bill Clinton and Barack Obama would have picked me if they thought I was a Republican in sheep's clothing."
More Daley: "I saw as a young kid, with my dad, this attack on him for being too close to business. ... But he was using and getting the business community to help the city create jobs, create economic growth, and, you know, that's a good thing."
On a role model, Walter Mondale: "He's just a really decent guy. I never heard him trash people. I like people who don't walk into a room and immediately try to get all the attention." (Crain's Chicago Business)
-- Julie Sobel