Bill Daley’s decision to pass on a gubernatorial run in Illinois is evidence that embattled Gov. Pat Quinn (D) is the “luckiest politician” in the world, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joked Wednesday.
Daley, President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff, had been laying the groundwork for a primary challenge to Quinn next year before dropping the bid earlier this week.
Speaking at a charity luncheon in Chicago, Clinton joked that Quinn, beset by lousy poll numbers, “has just been entered into the Guinness World Records book as luckiest politician.”
Quinn is likely in for a tough re-election campaign in 2014. In detailing his decision to pass on a run, Daley said that the incumbent cannot win next year’s general election.