"It wasn't a smoke-filled room," said Bob Lichter, president of the Lichter Venture Group and a former vice chairman of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.
"Nobody smoked.It was a group of business leaders, but also those in the community, those he
brought into his
administration, civic leaders, grass-roots people, a combination of all those factors caused him to reconsider his
decision."Lichter, who also was the former chief executive officer of the Burnham Cos., said he was in the forefront of launching the draft Murphy campaign.
"I was one of the people who talked him into getting back in the race," he
"I think he
was somewhat exhausted," Lichter
could see problems building related to not just the pension, but other things, and I think he
said, ‘I don't want to do that, raise a ton of money, deal with the politics, and run for a job that I already hold.' I think he
surprised a lot of people, myself included."
and a group of San Diego business leaders decided to intervene.
"We'd turn him around, present him with assistance, help him out, so he
doesn't have to go out and beat his
head against a wall, make his
life easier," Lichter