Former White House chief of staff William Daley predicted more young relatives would get involved in politics after his nephew Patrick Daley Thompson became the first family member to take elected office this week.
"In one form another they've all been involved in public service or politics," said Daley, who again is publicly pondering a run for governor. "I think they'll stay that way. Some are active in charities ... A couple of [Thompson's] cousins helped him out on his campaign [for commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago] and stuff like that. They seem to have interest. Others have no other interest. They're like, 'Uh-huh, thanks, we're out of this stuff.' So, they're all unique. They're all different."
Daley mused about the future of the local political dynasty in an exclusive interview with the Sun-Times after Thompson was sworn into office Tuesday. The comments came as Daley broke the family's silence to react to Monday's indictment of another nephew -- Richard "R.J." Vanecko -- on an involuntary manslaughter charge.
In his inaugural speech, Thompson singled out Daley for his support as he was growing up.
"I'm his godfather," Daley explained. "I give him more grief than any of the other [uncles]."