Daley makes campaign stop in Metropolis
by Linda Kennedy
Jul 17, 2013 | 485 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It has been just a month since announcing his candidacy for governor, but William “Bill” Daley didn’t waste time hitting the campaign trail — including a stop in Metropolis Thursday to speak to local officials and to meet with the editorial staff at the Metropolis Planet.

But Daley’s arrival into the city wasn’t the usual pomp and grandeur that most candidates cause. It was just a husband and wife taking a road trip to southern Illinois, starting Tuesday and ending Friday, stopping at towns along with way.

“I feel in the early stage of campaigning, I’m better off to do it direct because I’m a lot more comfortable,” explained Daley. “Plus, it’s a way to get to around parts of the state that I have never visited to meet the people.”

Many are not surprised of Daley’s recent decision to put his hat into the election for governor.

Daley, brother of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and son of the late Richard Daley who also served as mayor of Chicago, announced on June 10 he’s running for Illinois governor in the Democratic primary.

From 1997 to 2000, Daley served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President Bill Clinton, overseeing a department of more than 40,000 people.

As Special Counsel to Clinton in 1993, Daley coordinated the successful campaign to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

In 2000, he chaired Vice President Al Gore’s presidential campaign.

Daley served as chief of staff to President Barack Obama after Rahm Emanuel left to run for and was later elected as mayor of Chicago. He was involved in all aspects and issues faced by the president and the administration, both domestic and foreign.

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