UPDATED 9/17/2013 11:25 a.m.
(CBS) – Bill Daley, a former White House Cabinet member and brother of Chicago’s former mayor, is dropping out of the 2014 race for Illinois governor.
At a news conference on Tuesday morning Daley said he simply didn’t have the drive to hold the position.
“I’ve lost sleep and struggling the past couple of weeks as to whether or not what is needed I can provide over a long period,” Daley said.
Daley was to square off against incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn for the Democratic nomination. He jumped in only two months ago.
His decision, he said Tuesday, was not based on polling data and he believed he could have won. In fact, Daley fears Quinn will likely lose to his GOP opponent.
However, WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports that Quinn was able to counter any Daley attack and has methodically rounded up support of key Democratic foot-soldiers–the people who organize the vote for a candidate.
“Six weeks ago, it started to get harder and harder to maintain the enthusiasm,” Daley told CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine on Monday. “When I turned 65 last month, I asked myself, is this really what I want to do with the next 5 or 9 years?”
The answer, obviously, was no.