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DENVER--Bill Daley has already started to lay the ground work to run for Illinois governor and so far has not found any reason not to run. Here's an update as Daley hits Denver. He's a former Commerce Secretary, top Obama advisor and vice chairman of JP Morgan Chase. He's co-hosting a reception Tuesday for female governors while his brother the mayor fetes the Illinois delegation.

As for Bill Daley's run:

*He talked to potential donors, asking one I chatted with to stay neutral and not take sides in what could be a crowded primary field.

*He's already polled statewide and found that he could sell the Daley brand Downstate.
The big question is will voters--especially south of I-80 in Downstate Illinois--not want to vote for Daley because his brother Richard is Mayor of Chicago, his brother John is Finance Chair of the Cook County Board and his father was the longtime legendary Chicago mayor. Daley found that the name Daley is respected in government.

*He's tested his names against all the players--Gov. Blagojevich, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Comptroller Dan Hynes and Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and found nothing in the results that would discourage him from running.

*Anyway, he is who he is. Daley can't throw his name away.

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*He's already polled statewide and found that he could sell the Daley brand Downstate.

What? He's going to try to sell the Daley brand of massive and total corruption and graft downstate?! Please...

Someone, anyone, please, please challenge this guy in a primary!!

I have a lot of friends downstate that find that hard to believe the Daley brand will sell down there. Last thing this state needs is two Daleys in power.

If you feel so strongly about this... why don't you challenge him in the Primary?

Back your accusations up with facts..and not just BS from the papers, please.

There's already two Daley's in office. However, the Daley brand has represented nothing, but respect, concern, and the ability to understand peoples issues across government lines on the City, County, State, and Federal level.

Wow the blogs are ALREADY FULL of people telling anyone who disagrees with the machine to SHUT UP AND ENJOY IT.
State employees have RIGHTS. And we WILL USE THEM. When state employees are muzzled, as they have been courtesy of the 'ethics laws' passed by blago and friends--DEMOCRACY LOSES.

BILL DALEY HAS ALOT OF EXPERIENCE!
THANK YOU HILLARY AND BILL CLINTON FOR STEPPING
UP BIG TIME, THANK YOU SISTERHOOD FOR LISTENING
TO MY PLEAS FOR YOUR HELP, WE CAN'T SPELL S_CCESS
WITHOUT U!
OBAMA AND BIDEN A WINNING TEAM!

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