In an interview on Wednesday with the Quad-City Times, former White House chief of staff Bill Daley (D) "said ... the pension mess, cuts to education and other problems will give Republicans an opening in the general election next year." Daley: "It would be a stretch to say that the state is doing well or has done well over the last 12 years." (Quad City Times)
Daley's appeal to Democrats is fairly direct: Gov. Pat Quinn (D) -- who won by only 3,000 votes in 2010 -- isn't popular, and his renomination next year puts the party's control of Springfield in jeopardy.
-- Steven Shepard