Sports Radio Boston News – Senator Curt Schilling Makes his Pitch on WEEI

Schilling Pitching for Kennedy’s Seat?

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Appearing on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan Thursday morning,’s Curt Schilling called the chances of him running for the Massachusetts’ vacant Senate seat “slim to none” but still wouldn’t rule out the possibility, stating that the decision would come down to the feelings of his wife, Shonda, and family.

Talking about the prospects of actually winning the seat if he did run, Schilling said, “I wouldn’t even remotely consider it if I wasn’t planning on winning it.”

Schilling also addressed some of his critcs, who say that he doesn’t have the credentials to run for office, saying, “My credentials are I have no baggage. I have no special interest, I have no ties.” He then added, “I wouldn’t call them credentials as much as I would call them advantages.”

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In the wake of Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy’s death last week, reports have been circulating about who may fill his seat. The Associated Press broke a story Thursday revealing that former major-league pitcher Curt Schilling may be considering a run for the seat.

When asked about his political future, Schilling was non-committal, but did say, “I do have some interest in the possibility.”

A registered independent, and an outspoken Republican supporter, Schilling has made his voice heard in politics before. He was especially vocal in the past two presidential elections as he supported Republican candidates John McCain and George W. Bush. Schilling has also been forthright on issues such as steroids in baseball, and has been a steady advocate for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Schilling further discussed his future Thursday morning on the Dave & Callahan Show, a Boston-based, sports-radio show. Confirming the notion he wouldn’t be holding his tongue, Schilling said, “You can make an argument that everybody wants fresh blood and somebody who doesn’t know how to play the game. But what people say and what actually happens are often two very different things.” Schilling admitted he would likely take some heat for his support of Bush in the 2004 election. “I supported Bush. I supported Bush is the number one reason. That’s the reason people wouldn’t vote for me.”

Schilling has been on a World Series winning team three times. He earned his first ring as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001, and went on to win two more with the Boston Red Sox, in 2004, and 2007. Schilling is famous for pitching on an injured ankle in game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship series with blood soaking through his sock. The Red Sox would go on to win game 7 and the World Series, breaking an 86-year World Series drought.

As for a timeline on a decision? “I don’t know. I don’t know. It will be based on a lot of things. There has to be some things done by specific dates. I’m not sure of all the rules and regulations because I haven’t looked into them. We’ll think through it and when the time comes to talk about it, we’ll do that as well. Obviously, it will have to be in relatively short order.”

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The Massachusetts Dilemma: Curt Schilling (R) For Senate

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As a long-suffering Yankees fan — have I reminded you we haven’t won the World Series since 2000??! — I still have this image ingrained in my head: Curt Schilling, he of the bloody Red Sox and the legendary Bloody Red Sock — shutting down the Yankees, part of the team that came back from an 0-3 deficit against New York and then went on to sweep the 2004 World Series.

Schilling is now talking about possibly getting in the race for the Senate seat left vacant by the Aug. 25 death of Edward Kennedy.

Schilling is a god in much of Red Sox Nation, mostly (but not only) for his gritty performance in the ’04 playoffs in bringing Boston its first World Series since Woodrow Wilson was president.

But here’s the rub: Curt Schilling is a Republican. Or at least, a conservative. And Massachusetts is as blue a state as they come. Barack Obama carried it with 62 percent of the vote. The governor, both senators, and all ten House members are Democrats. No Republican has won a Senate seat here since 1972. No Republican has succeeded a Democratic senator since 1946.

Officially, Schilling is registered as an independent. But he campaigned for President Bush in 2004 — when he was opposed by Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry — and John McCain in 2008 (neither of whom was what you might call “popular” candidates in the state). Were he to run, it would be interesting what would be more significant — his red and white uniform, or his red and white politics.

Schilling, in an interview with the Boston Herald, had this to say: “We’ve got a political system and a group of people that suck, and that needs to change.”

Levi Johnston couldn’t have said it better himself.

Other potential Republican candidates include former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, who served under then-Gov. Mitt Romney, and state Sen. Scott Brown.

Meanwhile, one bit of news today: state Attorney General Martha Coakley announced she will run in the special election to succeed Kennedy. The other Democrats whose names have been bandied about are apparently waiting to see if a Kennedy gets in the race, specifically ex-Rep. Joe Kennedy. But Coakley, the only Democratic woman on the list, seems to be in it regardless of who else decides to run. She also has less campaign money than many of the other would-be candidates, and perhaps needed more of head start.

Upcoming dates to keep in mind:

Sept. 9 — Mass. state legislature holds hearing on whether to change Senate succession law (which currently does not allow the governor to make an interim appointment in the event of a vacancy).

Dec. 8 — Special Senate primaries.

Jan. 19 — Special Senate general election.