Curt Schilling for Senate 2018? Only if his wife approves.
The former Phillies pitcher told Rhode Island radio station WRPO host John DePetro that he has decided to officially challenge Democrat Elizabeth Warren for her U.S. Senate seat in 2018, but with one important caveat.
“So, I've made my decision. I'm going to run," Schilling said Tuesday morning. "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."
When asked by the Boston Globe about a possible matchup against the former Red Sox pitcher in September, Warren reportedly laughed out loud and said, “He can certainly try.”
Two recent polls show Warren with a large lead over Schilling in a hypothetical match-up in the Massachusetts race. A WBZ/UMass poll released last month put Warren at 47 percent and Schilling at 28 percent. Warren did even better against Schilling in a WBUR poll released in mid-September, topping the two-time World Series champ, 54 percent to 29 percent.
“I’m not worried – it doesn’t scare me. Listen, I was a part of the team that came back to beat the Indians from being down three games to one – I’ve beaten the real ones before," Schilling said, a dig at Warren's self-proclaimed Native American heritage. "So I’m not worried about that.”
Schilling, a strong supporter of Donald Trump, has mostly made the news during his election cycle by his repeated gaffes and odd statements since being fired from ESPN over comments he made on Facebook about transgender people.
Today he told WRPO that he did a "piss-poor job" defending Trump last week over footage from 1992 that shows the Republican presidential nominee talking to a 10-year-old beauty pageant contestant at Trump Tower and bragging, “I am going to be dating her in 10 years.”
“I have a daughter, my daughter has friends. I’ve seen my daughter’s friends, I’m a man. ‘Wow, she’s a beautiful young lady.’ I don’t immediately jump to molesting her,” Schilling told Fox Business host Trish Regan.
Schilling was instrumental in the Phillies' 1993 surprising, but ultimately unsuccessful, World Series bid. He later went on to win two World Series, one with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001, and one with the Boston Red Sox in 2004.
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