Getting support for his run for governor on his home turf wasn't the problem, says Fort Worth Attorney Tom Schieffer.
In an interview with local blogger Todd Hill on the liberal Burnt Orange Report blog, Schieffer gave more details behind his decision last week to end his statewide campaign for the Democratic nomination.
"The problem I had more than anything else was convincing people outside the Dallas/Fort Worth area that I could win," Schieffer said. "That really hurt me with fundraising. There was a continual drumbeat to try and get somebody else to run and every time that would happen it would hurt me when I was trying to raise money."
Schieffer recently told Politex that he was certain he wouldn't run for public office again.
Beyond that, he said, he’ll explore a range of moneymaking possibilities. He could return to law practice or go into business. After eight years as an ambassador in the George W. Bush administration, he still harbors an interest in foreign affairs. He also likes the sports business. Schieffer was president of the Texas Rangers in the early 1990s and oversaw construction of The Ballpark in Arlington.
"Something always turns up," he said. "One door closes, and another one opens."