Curt Schilling has always had an interest in politics, and campaigned for George W. Bush in 2004 and Sen. John McCain in the most recent election. So it wasn’t entirely shocking when a report surfaced earlier today that the former baseball great has been contacted about running for the seat vacated by late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, who died last week after a prolonged bout with brain cancer.
However, Schilling, later on Wednesday, told New England Cable News reporter Brad Puffer that he has his plate full and would have to re-arrange his priorities to make a run at the Senate a priority.
Schilling currently runs 38 Studios, a developer of on-line games.
“I don’t know,” said Schilling in a phone interview with NECN. “Right now I’m working on 38 Studios and working on the
funding and that’s going well and doing all the things that go with
that. I’ve got a lot on my plate. So as of today, probably not. I don’t
know. Going forward, that’s a pretty big deal from a commitment
standpoint not just for someone like me, but for my family. Right now,
I’m not even going to speculate on it.”
But Schilling confirmed he had been contacted.
“I have been contacted, yes. I’ve been contacted,” Schilling said. “I’m not going to get
into those discussions. I’ve been contacted by people whose opinion i
give credence to and I listen to and i listened. But this is not a decision that I would make. This is a decision that Shonda and I would
make. She’s given her entire life and the first 14 years of my
children’s lives to baseball. and rightfully so. This company, 38
studios, has taken a lot of time and energy. If i could divert time and
energy away from that, then there’s a possibility i might think about
it, I don’t know.”
Schilling has always supported the republican party. Kennedy was a democrat. Schilling doesn’t think that the political party should be a big issue when it comes to who fills the seat.
“My hope is that we’re past that,” Schilling said. “That we’re past the whole R and D
thing. My fear is that we aren’t. My hope is that we understand now
more than ever that we’re in a place where we need to put good people,
above all else. People without ties to special interests, people with
integrity and ethics and country first values in office regardless of
the letter that precedes their name.”
Schilling last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2007. He officially retired in March of 2008.