The rumors have been swirling that Tom Schieffer's withdraw from the Democratic gubernatorial race was an indication Houston Mayor Bill White will run for a 2010 statewide office.
Multiple sources, a Houston Chronicle story and a conference call later, and Texas Democrats have confirmation. Bill White is running for Governor.
According to close friends, on a conference call with House Democrats, Tom Schieffer said he will not run for office and will be supporting Bill White. White will have an official statement at 3pm.
This move will put White as an immediate front runner in the race and leaves John Sharp as the sole Democrat in the U.S. Senate race.
More news as the story develops…
With the announcement that Kay Bailey Hutchison will not resign her Senate seat and run for office, the political calculus of the Texas Governor's race has changed dramatically in the last week and a half. Rick Perry, despite his strength in the Republican primary, is still extremely vulnerable in a general election, especially against a well-funded opponent, which White figures to be.
Texas Democrats, buckle up. This is about to get very interesting, very fast.