Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Schilling For Senate?

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has not ruled out a possibility that he will seek the Republican nomination for Massachusetts' open Senate seat vacated due to the death of Ted Kennedy last week.

Of course, politics is not unfamilar terrain for Schilling.

After the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, Schilling campaigned for President Bush's re-election. During the 2004 ALCS against the New York Yankees, Schilling was asked by then ESPN radio host Dan Patrick if Alex Rodriguez's slap of Bronson Arroyo's glove during Game 6 was "Bush league." Schilling replied, "No, it was Kerry league."

Speaking of John Kerry, Schilling was touted as a potential rival to Kerry's re-election bid in 2008 but opted to play another year with the Red Sox. As it turned out, a shoulder injury kept Schilling from pitching and he would subsequently retire never throwing another major league pitch. Instead of running for office he campaigned for John McCain. Schilling and McCain were acquainted while Schilling pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

I hope Schilling does it because he's the best chance the GOP has here in Massachusetts. A Schilling victory would deny the Democrats their 60 seat fillibuster proof Senate.

However, it won't be easy for Schilling even with two World Series rings. Red Sox Nation is deep in the heart of a Blue State.

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