Bill Daley’s Illinois Gov. Campaign Boasts WH Situation Room Photo

AP

Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bill Daley (D) launched his campaign website Monday, touting his leadership with a powerful photograph of the White House situation room in 2011 during U.S. forces’ raid on Osama bin Laden.

The website places the photo under a button on its homepage reading: “This is what leadership looks like.” A caption above the image, in which Daley is the third man standing from the left, reads “As President Obama’s chief of staff, Bill played a key role in the operation that captured Osama bin Laden.” 

The Chicago Sun-Times questioned whether using a White House photographer’s image on the website might violate a policy stipulating that official White House photos may not be used for political purposes that “in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.”

A Daley campaign spokesman told the Sun-Times that the photo does not violate that policy and speaks to Daley’s “record at the White House and nothing more,” adding that Daley “was the only non-national security council member or staff member who was in every meeting about that raid.”

[h/t The Hill]

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