WASHINGTON--Bill Daley is telling Democratic senators who voted against gun-control measures last week not to bother coming to Chicago for political money and advising his pals in New York and Los Angeles--other big fund-raising cities--not to donate to them either. In a Washington Post column headlined "Heidi Heitcamp betrayed me on gun control," Daley takes particular aim at the freshman Democrat for her anti-gun control votes.
Without votes from Heitcamp, three other Democratic senators and 41 GOP senators, the Senate gun-control measures fell short of the supermajority of 60 votes needed to survive.
The column comes as Daley--President Barack Obama's former chief of staff and former Commerce Secretary-- is mulling a Democratic primary run for Illinois governor.
"I want my money back," writes Daley. "Last October, I gave $2,500 to support Heidi Heitkamp's campaign to become North Dakota's junior senator. A few weeks later, she won a surprise victory
"I have had a long career in government and politics, but I don't donate heavily to political campaigns. When I contribute, it's because I know the candidate well or am really impressed with the person. Heidi Heitkamp was one of the latter: She struck me as strong-willed, principled and an independent thinker.
"But this week, Heitkamp betrayed those hopes."
Daley said of the three other Democrats who voted against background checks-- Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Max Baucus of Montana-- "no doubt they'll come to Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and other cities looking for money to fuel their campaigns. These cities, of course, are also too often the destination for illegal guns flowing in from out of state. So I'll have some advice for my friends in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles: Just say no to the Democrats who said no on background checks