Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schillings is looking to try his hand at politics after a lengthy career in the Majors.
Schilling’s plans to challenge Democratic State Senator Elizabeth Warren in the 2018 race. The conservative pitcher spoke to a Rhode Island radio station to explain his intent to challenge the long-time Senator, Warren.
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He told the radio station, “I’ve made my decision. I’m going to run.” But as any husband is expected to do, he still needs to run it by his wife and see how it would affect the family. “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 repeatedly hinted that he would challenge Warren who is a beloved figure on the left. Experts have done a mock election if Schilling were to run, and the results show that he is going to have an uphill climb to beat out Warren.
The poll found Warren making short work of the major league pitcher, leading Schilling, 47-28. The theoretical poll had Former Gov. Bill Weld and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito faring much better in the race, with Warren narrowly winning overall.
When asked by the Boston Globe about a possible challenge by Schilling in September, Warren laughed out loud and said Schilling can “certainly try” to be a serious candidate in the liberal state.
Massachusetts, a predominantly Democratic state, has historically fared well for Republican candidates in the recent past. Republican Charlie Baker won the governorship in 2014 and Scott Brown won a special election to the Senate in 2010.
The only thing that could hold Schilling back would be his controversial past. He was fired from ESPN earlier this year after posting a meme that was harshly critical of transgendered people.
He has also repeatedly posted anti-Muslim items on Facebook, which first landed him in hot water with ESPN in 2015, and attacked Hillary Clinton for her inept ability to use a secure email server.
Schilling said on a Kansas City radio show earlier this year, “If I’m going to believe, and I don’t have any reason not to believe, that she gave classified information on hundreds if not thousands of emails on a public server after what happened to Gen. Petraeus, she should be buried under a jail somewhere.”
He added, “If she’s allowed to get to the general election before she’s in prison, I’ll be stunned and I’ll be upset.”
At this point, his bid isn’t definite, but he does have his work cut out for him. It will be an interesting race to watch when 2018 rolls around.