Ahead of Gov. Pat Quinn's anticipated rewrite today of a measure regulating the carrying of concealed firearms, challenger Bill Daley released a video endorsement from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
In the video, Bloomberg called Daley "uniquely qualified" to be Illinois governor and touted Daley's support for "common sense" gun restrictions, including background checks for all gun buyers, a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines and local regulation of guns.
"I know him as a strong leader, who tells it like it is and gets things done," Bloomberg said of Daley in the video. "He'll be a tireless leader for honest budgets, better schools, and improved job climate for every part of Illinois."
It is not Bloomberg's first involvement in Illinois politics. His super political action committee, Independence USA, spent millions of dollars on the race to replace disgraced former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in a special election in the South Side and south suburban 2nd Congressional District.
The gun-control Super PAC spent more than the candidates in the contest, was the most prolific TV advertiser in the expensive Chicago market, and backed the winner, now-U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson.
Bloomberg's backing of Daley could be a sign that the Super PAC that he funds could get involved in the state's March 2014 Democratic primary for governor.
Quinn, who has said he will seek a second elected term, is expected this morning to use his amendatory veto power to rewrite a legislative compromise measure regulating the carrying of concealed guns. Quinn was expected to toughen the gun regulations beyond what lawmakers had approved to try to bolster support among gun-control advocates.
Legislators approved the compromise with enough votes to override any potential action taken by Quinn to change the measure.
By touting the Bloomberg endorsement, Daley, the son and brother of two Chicago mayors, may be ceding any chance of gaining widespread support among Downstate Democrats who generally support gun-owner rights.
The former White House chief of staff and U.S. Commerce Secretary made one of his forays Downstate last week when he attended an event in Edwardsville for a Democratic congressional contender.
Still, the bulk of the Democratic primary vote rests in the Chicago area — though that could play good and bad for the "Daley" name on the ballot.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun