Bill Daley, who served as White House chief-of-staff for to President Barack Obama and as Secretary of Commerce for former President Bill Clinton, announced Monday he would no longer be seeking the Democratic nomination for governor of Illinois, the Chicago Tribune reported.
“One of the things I always thought in my career that I wanted to do, I thought I would be able to have that opportunity, I hoped, would be to run for office,” he told the Tribune. “And even though you’re around it for a long time, you really don’t get a sense of the enormity of it until you get into it.”
“But the last six weeks or so have been really tough on me, struggling with this,” he added. “Is this really me? Is this really what I want to spend my next five to nine years doing? And is this the best thing for me to do at this stage of my life?” he said. “I’ve come to the conclusion that this isn’t the best thing for me.”