Daley Hangs It Up

I don’t know about you, but I never though I’d hear a member of the Daley family of Chicago say this about politics (in abruptly announcing his withdrawal from the Illinois gubernatorial race):

One of the things I always thought in my career that I wanted to do, I thought I would be able to have that opportunity, I hoped, would be to run for office. And even though you’re around it for a long time, you really don’t get a sense of the enormity of it until you get into it,” Daley told the Tribune.

“But the last six weeks or so have been really tough on me, struggling with this. Is this really me? Is this really what I want to spend my next five to nine years doing? And is this the best thing for me to do at this stage of my life?” he said. “I’ve come to the conclusion that this isn’t the best thing for me.”

Can you imagine his old man saying, or even thinking, anything like that? I can’t. Anyone this alienated from the family business really should stay away from it.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.