Former ESPN analyst Curt Schilling appears to be continuing his foray into the political realm. After discussing his annoyance that he wasn’t offered a speaking slot at the Republican National Convention and mulling plans to run for president, Schilling is now saying that he wants to challenge Elizabeth Warren for her Massachusetts Senate seat in 2018.
Here’s what he told Boston’s WRKO AM 680 Monday, transcribed by Sean Smyth of The Boston Globe:
“I would like to be one of the people responsible for getting Elizabeth Warren out of politics,” said Schilling. “She’s a nightmare. The left’s holding her up as the second coming of Hillary Clinton, Lord knows we don’t need the first.”
…In the interview, Schilling said he would run for office in Massachusetts, not another state.
“The bigger the challenge, the better; it’s always been that way,” said Schilling.
Schilling said he feels an obligation to step into the political arena.
“I’ve never been somebody to sit around talking about getting stuff done without actually trying to help,” he said.
Taking on a popular and prominent senator like Warren would be quite the official entrance into politics for Schilling, but at least there he won’t have to worry about “no politics” memos. The big question is how interested Massachusetts Republicans are in Schilling as a candidate. Yes, he’s well-known, and yes, he has fans, but his various political rants over the years (which evenutally led to his firing by ESPN in April after he shared and defended an anti-trans meme) also mean there are a lot of people who don’t like him, and his meme-sharing decisions in particular could be easy press fodder in a campaign.
Also, while Scilling managed to avoid criminal charges from Rhode Island state police (a federal case is still pending) over the bankruptcy of his 38 Studios video game company and the $75 million in loans and incentives it received from the state, that situation still has left a lot of people with bad impressions of Schilling and his management abilities. That could hurt him in a run for political office.
We’ll see if Schilling decides to turn this talk into an actual campaign; he’ll have to make that move reasonably soon, as 2018 isn’t too far off and there are nomination battles to consider before then. If he does decide to make a move for Warren’s Senate seat, that would certainly be an interesting race to cover. Will he bring his bloody sock on the campaign trail?