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.