Former baseball star Curt Schilling, who may best known for the “bloody sock game,” has been exploring a run for public office in recent months. The pitcher has come under great controversy in recent months and years over a number of comments made, the ramifications of this even included being fired from his position on “Baseball Tonight” on ESPN.
During an interview on WPRO in Rhode Island, he stated, “I’ve made my decision, I’m going to run,” Despite making this initial statement, he did backtrack a bit and say that he may not in fact run. Explaining “But I haven’t talked to Shonda, my wife. And ultimately it’s going to come down to how her and I feel this would affect our marriage and our kids.”
Schilling has been an outspoken Trump supporter who has voiced his support for the Republican nominee even at some of his most difficult controversies.
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) August 11, 2016
Being from the deep blue state of Massachusetts, it may be difficult to run a successful campaign against the incumbent Senator Elizabeth Warren. Warren, has become a nationally known figure for the Progressive movement.
However on the bright side for the Boston Red Sox legend, he certainly has substantial name recognition due to his role with the 2004 and 2007 World Series winning teams. Also, the election does fall in a midterm year in 2018, Warren was first elected after narrowly defeating incumbent Senator Scott Brown.
Aside from the potential issues in the general election, it is very likely that a more moderate, establishment opponent could come out top in the primary. Despite being a rather blue state in regards to Presidential elections, Massachusetts has been known for electing Republican Governors, including the current Governor Charlie Baker, and past governors Mitt Romney and Bill Weld. It is definitely worthwhile to note that none of those three have endorsed Donald Trump, in fact Weld is the Vice Presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party ticket.
Schilling has also floated running for Governor in the past, he has also potentially mentioned running for President. In August he told TMZ that he would “love to give the White House a try.” He also mentioned that he would consider the Governorship should Baker decide to run for President in the future.
Polling has shown that in a hypothetical matchup, Schilling would trail Warren 47% to 28%. While former Governor Bill Weld and the current Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, polling suggests would offer a close matchup with Warren.
It is also noteworthy to point out that he was granted a contract by Rhode Island under the leadership of their Governor Lincoln Chaffee. Under the agreement, Schilling’s company would receive $70 million, in exchange for the creation of a gaming studio called “38 Studios,” it eventually went under, costing the Rhode Island taxpayers just about the whole $70 million.
But as is written in the New York Magazine, “But, by hurting the finances of Rhode Island, didn’t Schilling actually increase the Bay State’s regional competitiveness? And has Bill Weld ever done more for Massachusetts than Curt Schilling did in game six of the 2004 ALCS?” This certainly raises legitimate questions, if Schilling does include to move forward with this, it will certainly be one of the most interesting races to watch.
(h/t CBS Boston)