Curt Schilling Potentially Pitches Himself as Kennedy Successor

ABC News’ David Chalian: How about this windup? Red Sox nation hero Curt Schilling is apparently mulling the idea of jumping into the Massachusetts special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

According to an interview Schilling conducted with NECN’s Brad Puffer , he says he has been contacted by people whose opinions he respect and has listened to the idea of getting into the race.

The World Series winning right-hander is a committed Republican who endorsed and campaigned for George W. Bush in 2004 and Sen. John McCain in 2007 .

Mr. Schilling provided a hearty laugh in the interview when asked if he was considering a run. He then went on to say he doesn’t know right now if he will take the plunge. “I have a lot on my plate so as of today, probably not. I don’t know going forward. That is a pretty big deal from a commitment standpoint. I’m not even going to speculate on it right now,” said Schilling.

Gov. Deval Patrick announced the January 19, 2010 special election earlier this week and candidates from both the Democratic and Republican parties are beginning to make their intentions known. Mr. Schilling conceded that he would need to make a decision quickly.

The Alaska native, who played for the Philadelphia Phillies in the early days of his career, came to play for the Red Sox in 2004 and officially retired from the game earlier this year. If he decides to get into the Senate race, he’ll be doing so in an overwhelmingly Democratic state.

In the NECN interview, Mr. Schilling said that the United States of America is in a “really really bad place, not just domestically, but abroad.” He pointed to the Bay State as home to the “Big Dig,” which he labeled a colossal waste of money.

“That is probably another one of the reasons why I wouldn’t make a good political candidate right now is that there is an enormous amount of house cleaning that has to be done and I don’t have a really good filter,” Schilling said.

“My first press conference could be my last,” he added.

Mr. Schilling said he dedicates a lot of time and attention to 38 studios , his gaming business, and if he believes he can divert his time and energy away from that, he may consider the Senate race.

“There is a possibility that I might think about it. I don’t know,” he said.

After the NECN interview, Schilling posted this update on his blog: “While my family is obviously the priority, and 38 Studios is a priority, I do have some interest in the possibility. That being said to get to there, from where I am today, many many things would have to align themselves for that to truly happen. I am not going to comment further on the matter since at this point it would be speculation on top of speculation.” “My hope is that whatever happens, and whomever it happens to, this state makes the decision and chooses the best person, regardless of sex, race, religion or political affiliation, to help get this state back to the place it deserves to be.”
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