We have a candidate, one not named Kinky.
Former U.S. Ambassador Tom Schieffer of Fort Worth has just announced he is taking his first formal step toward seeking the Democratic nomination for governor during a Texas Independence Day press conference in the State Capitol.
"At the very time when Texas desperately needs leadership, people worry that we are experiencing a crisis of leadership," said Schieffer, the younger brother of CBS newsman Bob Schieffer.
Schieffer, who was still overcoming a bout with laryngitis, said he and his wife, Susanne Silber Schieffer, made a final decision about the race on Sunday.
Schieffer, 61, has been moving toward becoming a candidate since returning to Texas at the end of the Bush Administration in January after serving as Bush's ambassador to Australia and Japan. The Schieffers traveled more than 4,000 miles around the perimeter of Texas in a homecoming road trip that reacquainted them with potential voters.
Before becoming a diplomat in the Bush administration, Schieffer was an investor in the partnership that bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in 1989, with Bush and Edward W. "Rusty" Rose. Schieffer served as team president for eight years, running the club's day-to-day operations and overseeing the building of the Rangers' ballpark in Arlington.
Politically, Schieffer, a Fort Worth attorney, was identified with the conservative-moderate wing of the Texas Democratic Party during the 1970s and 1980s and was active in the campaigns of such high-profile Democrats as U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, Gov. Mark White and Fort Worth Congressman Pete Geren. He was elected to the State Legtislature in 1972, at the age of 25, and served three terms.
I think LizeB summarizes the issue with Schieffer as succinctly as possible:
I'm having a tough time getting my mind around not regretting voting for Bush 4 times and wanting to be Dem candidate for guv.
UPDATE: BOR has video.Posted by Charles Kuffner on March 02, 2009 to Election 2010