TexasTrib has the report, Sources: Schieffer’s Out.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Schieffer is getting out of the race this afternoon, sources said Monday morning. “He just couldn’t put it together,” said one.
“I can’t comment,” said Clay Robison, Schieffer’s spokesman. Schieffer didn’t immediately return calls. A short time later, they called a press conference for 3 p.m. this afternoon.
And this is leading to speculation that Houston Mayor Bill White may enter the race…
Houston Mayor Bill White will “have a statement” after Schieffer’s press conference, said spokeswoman Katy Bacon; she wouldn’t answer questions about whether White is getting into the governor’s race if Schieffer gets out.
Jason Embry Gardner Selby at the AAS is also reporting that there is a meeting in Dallas this afternoon with Texas Democratic Party Chair Boyd Ritchie and the remaining candidates in the governor’s race.
There may be movement on another front to get White into the race.
A source inside one of the Democratic gubernatorial campaigns says that state party chairman Boyd Richie called a summit of the Democratic governor candidates (and candidates only) for 2:30 p.m. today at a Dallas law firm. The stated purpose early this month was to talk out guidelines for how the party would be involved and to make sure everyone was going to be aboard to endorse the eventual nominee. But this source speculates that this is some kind of gambit for Richie to blow everyone’s minds with Bill White as the candidate in favor. Same source says every candidate is committed to coming.
Vince Leibowitz, who works for Democratic candidate Hank Gilbert, said, “There is a meeting among the gubernatorial candidates. We have no idea of the purpose. It’s been organized for two to three weeks.”
It’s possible getting all of the candidates in one room,m there may be a strategy to get a statewide ticket sorted out. With White at the top of the ticket there may be the chance at getting other candidates back into down ballot races. There’s also a rumor that Schieffer may run for Lt. Gov. – not sure where all of this leaves state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh either. More than likely, this will all be sorted out, one way or another by early December.
And the HChron is now reporting White will switch to the governor’s race, Schieffer out, Bill White in Texas governor’s race.
White spokeswoman Katy Bacon said it is not true that White is moving to the governor’s race. She said White will have a statement after Schieffer’s formal withdrawal announcement this afternoon.
However, two other sources tell us that White will not make a formal switch to the governor’s race until after the Thanksgiving weekend, probably next Monday or Tuesday.
This is great timing. Starts on the Monday before Thanksgiving, no announcement until after the Holiday, many Texans will talk and speculate about this over the holiday with family and friends, And announce when everyone comes back after the break. It would be nice to see the Democrats come out of the Thanksgiving weenend with a statewide baloot more sorted out. Maybe with White in the race more will be looking at running on the Democratic side.