What’s Wrong With a Little Banking?

Daley talks business; knock on him.

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Sept. 9, 2013, 7:28 a.m.

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


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