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Curt Schilling Discusses a Potential Senate Run on D&C

September 3, 2009

Curt Schilling appeared on the Dennis & Callahan Show on Thursday morning, with Bob Neumeier filling in for John Dennis. A transcript of his conversation about a potential Senate run is below. The interview can also be heard in its entirety by clicking here:

PART 1 – Curt Schilling on D&C

PART 2 – Curt Schilling on D&C

Are you contemplating a run for the vacant Massachusetts Senate seat?

I’ve thought about it.

Most dread the idea of campaigning and debating – the fight.

The fight would be fun. The whole spotlight/media crap, not so much. But the fight would be a lot of fun, because pretty much anyone you’re fighting against who’s in office right now doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on. There’s nobody who can stand up and say, ‘Look at what I’ve done over the last two, four, six, eight, 12, 20 years.’ Because those are the people who the pitchforks and torches are out for.’

What are the pros and cons of running?

There’s a massive amount of cons: family, time, commitment. My family’s been exposed to the public life, my kids for their entire lives, my wife for the last 20 years. Part of walking away from the game was walking away from that. That would be right back in the mix. There’s just a lot of cons. At the same time, there’s a lot of cons in office. There’s a lot of pros. It’s not nearly as easy as it might be had I not opened the studio and run this business.

What are the pros?

The ability to change the world. Big pro. I spent 20 years in an industry where I got what you’d call famous and celebrity and all the stuff that goes with that, and the financials that come with that, so none of those would be incentives for me to run, which I think cuts away at a lot of the reason behind why a lot of other people do it. I think there’s so much broke here that the fixing piece, I don’t think you’d have to look very hard to find a piece of debris and start reforming and fixing it.

You would probably speak your mind in office.

Which is probably one of the reasons why it wouldn’t work out real well for me. You can make an argument that everybody wants fresh blood and somebody who doesn’t know how to play the game. But what people say and what actually happens are often two very different things.

There are people who have called to say they wouldn’t support you. Why not? (Co-host interjects: No experience.)

I supported Bush. I supported Bush is the No. 1 reason. That’s the reason people wouldn’t vote for me.

Bill Bradley was elected a senator after going to Princeton, being a Rhodes Scholar, playing in the NBA. But he ran without experience. What did he have on you?

What’s the opposite of a Rhodes Scholar? A degree in Papelbon? I’m kidding. The no experience thing, if it’s used right, is an enormous asset. There’s nobody who you’d go against who you couldn’t probably drag out a laundry list of stuff and say, ‘This person has already proven that they’re status quo, that they’re business as usual, and we need anything but in everyway way, shape and form moving forward.’

There are absolutely zero ties and attachments and special interests on my end. Again, that might be one of the things that would make it just impossible to happen…Those are a lot of the reasons why we find ourselves where we are.

Where do you go from here?

I don’t go anywhere with it. It’s turned and blown up into this epically huge thing…

I did an interview yesterday where I said, ‘Yeah, I’ve thought about it.’ But if you listen to the full interview, you understand very clearly that what I’m saying is that a lot of things would have to align themselves. The chances of it happening are slim to none, but they ran with, ‘I’m thinking about it.’ So it’s just gone nuts. The easy thing would be to say, ‘Absolutely not.’ But I’d be lying. It’s not an absolute certainty one way or the other. If there’s the potential and possibility and some things align themselves on the home front, ultimately it comes down to the conversation between Shonda and I – the wife and the kids. I’m pretty sure it’s not something she’s remotely interested in, even though we haven’t had the conversation to any degree.

Have you thought through how it could unfold to give you a chance to win in the election?

Oh yeah, yeah.

I would not even remotely consider it if I wasn’t planning on winning. There would be no reason to do any of this if I didn’t believe I was going to win. That being said, there’s a lot of stuff that comes into play, a lot of personal stuff that comes into play. I have another huge advantage in that I’d walk into this race with my closet open, and all the things that go with that.

All of the things that have been looked on as pluses, as we wade deeper and deeper into this quagmire that this country is in, that all those things we wanted and assumed our politicians needed aren’t really positives.

The first question if you won would be what credentials you have to take the seat.

It’s a legitimate question, and a question everyone would ask. My credentials are that I have no baggage. I have no special interests and I have no ties. I would be coming in to help this state get back to what it was, what it should be and what it can be. It’s a state, there needs to be an immense amount of focus inward. We have one of the best education systems on the planet in this state. It’s something that we should be trumpeting and parading around. We’ve got an immense amount of special interests in this state that are doing everything and anything they can, that have no interest whatsoever in the working man. The person that works nine-to-five for crap dollars is getting spat on. It’s becoming a state that’s next to impossible to live and prosper in. I think it was anything but when it was founded. My credentials, I wouldn’t call them so much credentials as advantages.

You’re running a business in this state – you learn about how things work.

I’ve put millions and millions of dollars into this company and into the state economy, and done so gladly. The 38 Studios, every program we have for our employees is top of the line. It’s expensive – incredibly expensive. But it’s the price you pay to do business in this state. I’m not saying that’s a good or a bad thing. It could be better. Again, I go back to the fact that this state is looked on probably next to Illinois as one of the most corrupt, laughable political scenes in the nation. It should be just the opposite. It’s embarrassing and sad and pathetic in many ways. That’s not to lay a blanket over all of the politicians in this state. The good ones, they know who they are. The people who are getting pissed hearing me say this, they know why. We’ve turned into the butt of the joke in a lot of circles. That’s embarrassing and sad.

Have you had any contact with operatives about a run?

I have actually talked to quite a few people, yes.

Do they think there is traction for this candidacy?

I think some do, sure. Just take solace for the fact that I wouldn’t hire Gerry Callahan as my campaign manager.

People have long held the belief that this is something that I crave. And that couldn’t be further from the truth.

The fight is against the establishment. The status quo sucks. The status quo is not working. This country is a mess. I really don’t enjoy talking in broad generalities, but there’s so much wrong, and so much going on, that we are in desperate need of new blood and people who can walk in and make change and not have connections and ties to the old guard, and the old school, and be beholden to them. The state and the people deserve better.

If anyone says you’re not a serious candidate, you can just cite Al Franken.

Exactly. That should give hope to anybody. It really should.

When will you make a decision and what will it be based on?

I don’t know. I don’t know. It will be based on a lot of things. There’s a lot of process that has to happen from a timing standpoint. There has to be some things done by specific dates. I’m not sure of all the rules and regulations because I haven’t looked into them. We’ll think through it and when the time comes to talk about it, we’ll do that as well. Obviously it will have to be in relatively short order.

What about coming back to pitch for an NL team or the Red Sox?

Not so much. I’m feeling David Wells-esque.

It hasn’t hurt Brad Penny, who threw eight shutout innings against the Phillies in his first game with the Giants.

I’m thinking what I’ve always known. The American League is a lot harder than the National League. Always has been. It’s a huge disparity. Huge. It really is.

You look at our lineup, when you’ve got Martinez in the lineup, what are you saying if you’re the pitcher?

If Gonzalez is struggling, I’ve got maybe an out, hopefully, at the bottom of the lineup. But otherwise you’ve got eight guys that are .300, 20 homer guys. You look at the bottom third of the lineup. You literally have a breather for an inning to an inning and a half every time through the lineup (in the National League). That’s three, four, five outs a time. Those lineups do not exist even on the worst teams in the American League. It’s totally different.

If the Sox are in the playoffs, would Beckett or Lester be Game 1 starter? Would Francona give the ball to Beckett because he’s a bigger diva than Lester?

I can tell you that diva has nothing to do with October rotation and how you line it up.

Sure it does. You’re saying Franona didn’t consider Pedro’s pride in 2004?

No. I got the ball in Game 1 because he felt that I gave us the best chance to win, I think. I think he’d do the same thing here. When the calendar turns, and October comes around, you can scoff at it, smirk at it and mock it all you want, but people change. And Josh changes. It’s going to be hard to convince you otherwise, but what he did last October with the physical situation that he was presented with and in, is about as amazing as his shutout in Game 6 of the World Series in ’03. He is a guy whose game raises up a notch. I would argue that if you plan on getting to the playoffs, which I think they do, you’re going to have a different Josh Beckett than you have now and between the end of the season anyway. He’s struggling right now. Here’s the thing to hold onto with Josh. He’s struggling right now, and he’s giving up the long ball. And he’s struggling a little bit with the home run. But he’s not walking people. He’s been incredibly wild in the strike zone.

Would he be better off walking some people?

Yes, he would. He wouldn’t as long as he wasn’t giving up some home runs. He’s wild in the strike zone right now. You would prefer it didn’t go three, four starts in a row. And generally it shouldn’t. But it happens. The fact of the matter is that he’s wild in the strike zone, and that can correct itself in literally an inning or in a game. Obviously, you’re still waiting for it and want to see it. For them to make the playoffs, it will and has to change, and I think it will. You’ll have that ace guy going into October.

74 Comments leave one →
  1. Dave D permalink
    September 3, 2009 8:25 am

    Curt-You HAVE to do this. You MUST run! I am a Democrat and I would gladly support you. The Senate needs more people with just plain old common sense.

  2. September 3, 2009 9:10 am

    Can’t say this is much of a surprise. Curt has always come across as knowing more than all the rest of us, so he’s a natural fit for political office. With his penchant for shooting his mouth off, and his admiration for Ann Coulter, can’t wait to hear some of the gems he comes up with on the campaign trail. Could be the second coming of Palin.

  3. Jim Riley permalink
    September 3, 2009 9:19 am

    RUN, CURT, RUN!!! Massachusetts (and America) needs people like you in office!

  4. Mandy permalink
    September 3, 2009 9:24 am

    Mr. Schilling, I fully support your run for the Senate and will volunteer for your campaign!!

  5. CurtforPres permalink
    September 3, 2009 9:30 am

    looks like you have a running mate – http://thanksforplaying.weei.com/

  6. Mark permalink
    September 3, 2009 9:35 am

    Stick to baseball!!!!

  7. Pete permalink
    September 3, 2009 9:46 am

    38filibusters.com ?

  8. gone Gault permalink
    September 3, 2009 9:52 am

    I am so fed up with this state i have my family half packed and am looking towards FL or NC. Anywhere with low taxes and a chance to thrive. A conservative run and win would change my mind.

    My county just announced the are basing this years tax assessment on the value of my house three years ago. Its dropped 20% in that time; the arrogance of this state has to change.

    As a fan favorite, local hero you stand a better chance of anyone to win. Revolution is a good thing.

  9. jonnymelrose permalink
    September 3, 2009 9:55 am

    Hi Curt – I’m an expert in professional personal branding, marketing and research campaign management, and much more. I can provide you with a messaging framework for your campaign if you need help. All I can say is that it’s not about everything you know and believe, it’s about 3 things. Deval Patrick got elected by focusing on one thing!

    Overall, you need to:
    1) Establish the three reasons (based upon your belief and research) you want everyone to know about you and why you’re running.
    2) Research and develop key support points and your clear and concise position around key issues. Don’t be afraid to repeat yourself to the level of a broken record. Otherwise, you’ll be termed a flip-flopper!
    3) Never attack a Kennedy. This whole state loves them personally and has blindly followed them. It’d not about substance in this state, it’s about making people feel good. When you get into office is when you can make changes. Look at what Obama did. He basically said nothing (just like Deval) during the entire election except “we need a change” and “vote for me for the future.” Then, when he got in, he is doing not what the country elected him for, but rather is executing his own political agenda.

    Contact me if you’d like any help.

  10. Carol permalink
    September 3, 2009 9:57 am

    Go for it..Hey if you are only half the womanizer/drinker/denier of killing a woman…then how hard can this job be…also, just act like your catholic..

  11. Charlie permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:00 am

    If Curt Shilling wins a Senate seat, I will no longer be a Red Sox fan. His views and likely policies would not be in line with the people’s best interests, and if simply being a hero player is sufficient to get him elected despite his politics, it would be shameful.

  12. will worknights permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:07 am

    Please help us! Are you going to wear the infamous Bloody Red Sock on the Senate floor. Stick to what you know about, which is gabbing nonsense..
    And it is predictable some Red Sox fans would cheer you on.

  13. September 3, 2009 10:09 am

    Best news I’ve heard in a long time. Go for it Curt and let us know how we can help you win that seat. Please run on a platform of term limits. There is certainly a growing wave of support for this and it would be great for someone with your national appeal to start that movement. You could then challenge other congressional challengers to run on the same platform. Once in, present the bill and we’ll do the rest with our respective Reps and Senators.
    Best wishes and let me know how this Indiana boy can help.

  14. Steven J. Bouley permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:24 am

    Dear Mr. Schilling,

    I am a fan of your baseball ability, but more so your character. Your pitching for the State of Massachusetts as Senator would be a great value at such a time as this. The fans or voters in Massachusetts desperately need someone to take the mound to throw straight balls, not curves, knuckleballs, or spitters. Sir, your turn in the rotation is now!!

  15. copperblue17 permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:25 am

    Curt, I beg you to run. Not only would you have major impact in the Senate; this is a unique point in history in that if you won, you would instantly tip the power away from the Democratic Supermajority of 60 votes. If the 60th vote become a republican (you), then you personally would become the most important vote in the Senate and could personally be responsible for blocking such destructive policies as Nationalized Health Care, Cap and Trade, Card Check, etc. Curt, please save us from Socialism!

  16. Jim from Wellesley permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:27 am

    This state is in dire need of conservative political representation. Whatever you lack in “political experience”, you would more than make up for as an honest, straight shooting candidate. We as a state and a country need more of your types in office and less of the professional politician type.

  17. tom fredman permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:42 am

    if you run, you should explain why you went for a long period of time 1) not registered to vote and 2) why you didnt vote. pretty lamo

  18. September 3, 2009 10:50 am

    IF you decide to run you can count on my support and effort. I volunteer a bit in the senior community in Bristol County and have a lot of exposure to voters. A conservative CAN win here.

  19. Patrick permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:55 am

    “Slim to none”?

    Sounds more like “likely to certain” to me.

    I hope he does it. Compared to who we got in office these days, he’d be refreshing.

  20. Bravestormer permalink
    September 3, 2009 11:02 am

    Curt will probably do this but, Schilling being Schilling, he’s first got to tell us all all the incredible sacrifices that he has to make before entering the race. Overall, I like the guy, and will likely support him if he decides to do this. His penchant for having to always explain the difficult obstacles he has or is about to overcome is merely a minor ego idiosyncrasy IMO. Good luck with the decision Curt.

  21. Paul A. Puskar permalink
    September 3, 2009 11:16 am

    Please Curt!!!!! The country needs people like you! I would gladly support you !

  22. Elzoe permalink
    September 3, 2009 11:26 am

    While I admired Curt Schilling’s pitching skills as a ballplayer and respect him for his raising money for charitable causes, beyond that, I find him to be little more than a self-absorbed blowbag who spouts vacuous cliches and provides simple-minded answers to complex political and social problems.

  23. Matt permalink
    September 3, 2009 11:33 am

    I totally agree with Mandy. I hope you run and if you do, not only will I vote for you, I will help you campaign. Schilling for Senate!!!

  24. willie permalink
    September 3, 2009 11:36 am

    This guy is an optunist, he has no xperiece, a big mouth and he has no connection to the massachusetts.He has no relationship with minorities, and he stinks as a man.

  25. September 3, 2009 11:38 am

    Hi Curt;

    Read of the possibility of your running for Senate in Massachusetts special election. Wish that I was registered in the state so I could vote for you.
    But I live overseas and the state where I lived and am registered is Pennsylvania — so I wish you the best if you run and be rooting for you to win. BTW, though, will you be bringing up the matter of a certain Hawaiian birth certificate — and I don’t mean Victorino’s 😉

    Regards,

    Mark

  26. Liz permalink
    September 3, 2009 11:54 am

    I will vote for you and work on your campaign and not because you were a Red Sox star but because you represent real change!

  27. tim permalink
    September 3, 2009 12:09 pm

    Curt,

    I hope you run. DC, the Senate Elite, Career Politicians need to be “backed off the plate” with some high heat chin music. Please just stand for the freedoms and bleliefs our founding fathers stood for, a much smaller gov’t, fiscal responsibility and going after anyone who is a threat to our great country. Good luck and God Bless.

  28. Matt permalink
    September 3, 2009 12:13 pm

    Hey Curt it sounds like fun man.

  29. keith permalink
    September 3, 2009 12:48 pm

    curt, please run so you can speak and fight for people like me

  30. Mark Kraft permalink
    September 3, 2009 1:53 pm

    Curt,

    You had a good baseball career, but you’re coming off as a bit of a demogogue, and an inexperienced, unqualified one to boot.

    You play a great game, but I can’t support you on this one. You’re out of your league here.

  31. peskyfan permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:12 pm

    Don’t do it…and I don’t say that in an adversarial way. I have worked in that world…you don’t know what it’s like. You allude to having to deal with certain things, but you don’t know. There is a reason a particular type of person thrives in that world. Also, they try harder to please us than you give them credit for…the greater problem is us — we reward them for spending more and taxing less. It’s not a fit. You wouldn’t win, you’d get frustrated, disillusioned, and possibly embarrassed. Your personality type makes you think you can change it more than you could. It wouldn’t happen. Don’t do it…you would regret it.

  32. Dave permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:51 pm

    Curt, I have never campaigned for any one in my life, but I would gladly support you with both my time and money.
    What we don’t need is another politician or lawyer in office…we need someone who genuinely cares about doing the right thing. If you do decide to run, please let us know how we can help your campaign.

  33. Thomas permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:55 pm

    Run. This state needs a conservative voice in Washington.

  34. CSM permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:58 pm

    A liberal state is not going to elect a reactionary wingnut. There, Curt, saved you 6+ months campaigning — unless, of course, the campaign has little to do with winning and everything to do with advancing your personal celebrity. Then it makes all the sense in the world for you to run.

  35. Peter permalink
    September 3, 2009 3:13 pm

    I read that Schill might run for the Kennedy Senate seat and for some reason assumed he was a Democrat and therefore possibly had some brains and a social conscience. But then I realized — how often does one hear about a wealthy American athlete who isn’t a Republican? Can’t be. And sure enough I read on and learned the truth.
    I assume Curt is Republican for the simple and arguably rational reason that he doesn’t want to share his wealth with those less fortunate, as opposed to the other reasons I believe justify voting for this crowd:
    1. you’re a gun nut
    2. A single-issue religious fanatic
    3. A bigot
    4. Any or all of the above.

  36. Bill Burke permalink
    September 3, 2009 3:53 pm

    Curt,
    We were just talking politics the other day and came to the conclusion that we need well known people like yourself who actually care about what’s going on in this country of ours. I think it’s time for you to step up to the plate. I know you can do it and you have my support!

  37. PETE PASQUARETTA permalink
    September 3, 2009 4:05 pm

    STOP IT NOW !, America just voted a president who not only was un-qualified, but who did more damage before he was elected in regards to the house mortgages. . Why do you think a ex-baseball pitcher would be a good public servant? It doesnt matter than he won a couple of world series, or a super bowl, or whatever, I will vote for an ex-military, armed forces,someone who served his country under the American flag, someone who put his / her country before themselfs person before i would vote for a jock, attourney,or company owner.

  38. Chet Flynn permalink
    September 3, 2009 4:13 pm

    Run baby run! I will volunteer for your campaign and put up a little bit of money too.

  39. Tom Ferrill permalink
    September 3, 2009 4:25 pm

    I live in Tennessee and am very excited for the possibility of you winning the senate race… Please RUN. I wish I could vote from here. I don’t have much, but I will send a dollar of two.
    TF

  40. Cyrus Pinkerton permalink
    September 3, 2009 4:31 pm

    Curt Schilling has a track record of supporting “more of the same” politically (Bush in 2004, McCain in 2008). If voters want “more of the same,” there are a lot of candidates with more experience than Schilling who will offer “more of the same.” In my opinion, the country needs something better.

  41. Craig Huntington permalink
    September 3, 2009 4:55 pm

    The day you announce I will send you $1000 for your campaign. We need real people in the senate.

  42. bigred permalink
    September 3, 2009 4:57 pm

    Hey Curt – you SUCK.

  43. John E permalink
    September 3, 2009 5:00 pm

    I would be excited if you ran – I will gladly work for your campaign in Western MA. I have voted in every election since ’76, (not always living in MA) and this would be the most exciting election since Reagan. You could bring a huge shift in the state and national view, just by your ability to speak clearly to the populace. I realize it would be a sacrifice for your family. But you have proven yourself as someone that does what needs to be done, to accomplish goals that need to be accomplished, and lift a team up beyond their abilities by your example.
    Go to Washington, remake THAT team, and lift them up to where they should be.

  44. truthbetold11 permalink
    September 3, 2009 6:02 pm

    Curt, Our founding fore fathers in massachusetts were ordinary common folk. Well when is the right time to run? This is the time to fight! 100 years from now only your grand kids will talk about how you were a great pitcher. But the whole world will remember you courage. God Speed!

  45. Richard permalink
    September 3, 2009 7:46 pm

    Run please Curt! Don’t listen to Colin! We need elected people to shoot their mouth off more and more! He’s afraid you might actually get elected. Living in western Mass. I’ll have your lawn signs all over this area. Common sense has got to start sometime soon. Let’s have you be the start of it!

  46. Ellen permalink
    September 3, 2009 8:03 pm

    I would love to see Curt make a run for the senate seat, johnnymelrose has got it right on the money. Politics as usual has gotta go, we are in need of some down to earth common sense. Curt you have by vote and I would volunteer to help in the campaign. Please RUN!!

  47. Dick Corsetti permalink
    September 3, 2009 8:15 pm

    Please run. I’ll work hard on your campaign. I’ve held political office in the past and understand what the real grass roots effort is all about. This state could stand some fresh air. Just do it!

  48. Schilling for Senate permalink
    September 3, 2009 8:21 pm

    RUN CURT RUN… The people of Massachusetts support you!!!

  49. September 3, 2009 8:25 pm

    another multi-millionaire out of touch athelete running for office.

  50. Jeff permalink
    September 3, 2009 9:07 pm

    gone Gault, you do NOT want to come down here to North Carolina. We may be cheaper than MA, but right now, our unemployment/underemployment is over 10 percent statewide (and with a population of 11 million, that’s quite a bit of people). Our state is roughly $4 billion in the hole, and our educational system is seriously starting to bleed teachers. For what it’s worth, give Virginia some thought.

    Cheers

  51. Tricia permalink
    September 3, 2009 9:17 pm

    I would ABSOLUTELY vote for you, Curt! Teddy was concerned that this state wouldn’t have “fair” representation in Congress if they didn’t appoint someone to his seat until an election could take place. Well, we’ve already got a liberal representing this state. To be “fair” the conservative people of this state could use some representation. Typical politicians have definitely forgotten who they represent. It would be nice to have someone who truly represented the working people of Massachusetts.

  52. Billy Martin permalink
    September 3, 2009 9:59 pm

    Schilling proved himself a true republican in 2008 by taking a salary from the Red Sox when he he knew he was too injured to pitch after campaigning for Bush and then McCain. Sox gave him a chance to qualify for the Hall of Fame by getting 8-10 more wins and he signed a contract and then said ” Oh by the way my doctor says i need surgery”. Yeah i want him representing me….not!

  53. Billy Martin permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:01 pm

    The guy was great for the Red Sox’s, but off the field he is a big mouth know it all blowhard. Also ,Curt was very opinionated regarding
    steroids and PED”s…yet some of his own teammates tested positive and now the cat has Curt’s tongue….He is nothing
    but a two-face….Please! residents of Massachusetts, let’s not act retarded and vote in another Ted.

  54. Richard permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:51 pm

    You all that think Curt would be a good candidate are IDIOTS!

  55. Mack Mackey permalink
    September 3, 2009 11:01 pm

    Mr. Schilling our family would wholeheartly support you. You have always been a great thinker, look at how you approached baseball carefully studing each and every batter and analizing everything about them. I have never seen another player take the game so seriously. You are a wonderful father and husband, and example that more people especially public figuires ought to set. We support you 100%. Say hello to Gabby. Mack

  56. John K. permalink
    September 4, 2009 12:52 am

    Go Curt! I support your candidacy 100%. We need intelligent, concerned citizens like yourself, who are willing to run for higher office. You have my vote and financial support, should you decide to run. Go Curt!

  57. Pat Droney permalink
    September 4, 2009 6:49 am

    You go Curt. Obviously someone doesn’t need credentials to run…just look at our esteemed President. You have much more life experience than that clown does. It’s an uphill climb to be sure, but even though I live in CT I’d throw some campaign support money your way. Good luck if you decide to do it.

  58. Rev Rob Saintlace permalink
    September 4, 2009 7:57 am

    Curt would make a fantastic Senator. I think he would do a lot for this State. I would support his run 100%. Curt, we all need you as a Senator. Go for it and do not look back.

  59. Cynthia Lang permalink
    September 4, 2009 10:01 am

    I will work my heart out on your campaign if you run. I’m a Republican but I’ll support you regardless of party or even if you are an independent. Sign me up for many hours every weekend till January ;).

  60. September 4, 2009 10:40 am

    Curt, I’m from Windermere, Florida. My best suggestion for you is to move here, right into my gated community. You’d like the sunshine, the lakes (near Orlando), the parks for the kids, the excitement of being near two oceans. But here’s my advice for you that I’ve expressed elsewhere. Some people are panning your possible run for the senate, but not me. You’re a winner:

    September 4, 2009 at 10:37 am | #9
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    Look, Curt Shilling can’t be any worse than that comedian from Minnesota, Al Franken, who can’t even tie his shoelaces without help. Shilling has a good head on his shoulders. He’s an excellent public speaker. He’s frank, outspoken, and honest. That already trumps 99% of what’s in the senate right now. I’m a conservative, and I think he is also — at least in some ways, so why not? This isn’t the real question. He’s more than qualified. But does he want to expose his children to having to change schools, to the rigors of campaigning (yes, that affects the wife and the kids, and sometimes negatively). My advice: stay where you’re at, a retired ball player. I have a much better job in mind for Curt Schilling – baseball commissioner. He would be a far better commissioner than this guy Bud Selig who has, because of his late entry to the game of controlling drugs in baseball, done a terrible job. Yes, Selig has helped Don Fehr get more money to the players. They’re all millionaires, but I’m not sure that is good for baseball. In all of that people forget, what about the fans? Ticket prices have soared in Selig’s time, and general interest in baseball has sagged (due to the emergence of soccer and other reasons). But here’s my suggestion for Schilling and what I would do if faced with the problem of finding something to do. Selig has two more years left in his contract. He retires in 2012, unless we can convince him to bail out early. Why not go to work for the commissioner’s office. Get your feet wet in this baseball commissioner work, then in two years put your resume in to the baseball owners. You stand a more than excellent chance of getting elected commissioner. And if you want me to act as your PR person, set up your web site (course you already have a business site), and do publicity for you, just say the word. Don White dusanotes@yahoo.com
    http://YankeeWizard.blogspot.com

  61. September 4, 2009 11:11 am

    This is politics not a game in the sandbox. You can’t be a crybaby and go running home to cry. You are a Republican supporter even though you are an Ind. I can’t believe the Senate, the State or the Kennedy family would allow such a disrespectful act to tarnish Sen. Kennedy’s legacy. There is too much at stake. You have no position on the issues that is consistent with the dreams and ideals of what Kennedy’s service to his country was and still is. Please for the country, the state and so the DREAM won’t die, I beg you to withdraw any interest you have in this position of public service. Public service being the key issue not self-service.

  62. david permalink
    September 4, 2009 11:22 am

    Oh Yea… You people who support him make me laugh. He has absolutely no experience whatsoever and his education background is less than stellar to put it nicely. If he was not an athlete you all would not vote for him 100% guaranteed. If he was just a JV college graduate you would all laugh at him as a possible candidate for US SENATE!! He would basically be a laughing stock joke, but since he is a millionaire athlete you think he has a clue….

    I for one would LOVE if he runs and encourage him to do so, just so that I can watch him get shelled at the debates…. Not everyone should be doctors, lawyers, politicians. Whats next, do you want Curt to give you your colonoscopy because he was a Star Athlete???

  63. Shane Amigoni permalink
    September 4, 2009 2:28 pm

    The citizens of Illinois were taken back of the comments about their so called “corruptness” we agree their are many problems but they all come from the crooked Chicago Democrat machine. I’m just sorry that you judged an entire state by 5% of Illinois’ geography.

  64. Jake permalink
    September 4, 2009 2:42 pm

    Curt

    Please please run! This way the rest of the country can see what a self absorbed ingnorant wind bag you really are!! I beg you to run. Please don’t change, make sure you intentionally insult anyone who has the audacity to have differing opinions than yours. Please remember to keep your mouth shut and change your outlook when there is a situation you have been vocal against in the past presents itself with someone close to you. (see David Ortiz, manny Ramirez steroid use)Please run, this will be more fun for the general public than you know.

  65. Justin Cruz permalink
    September 4, 2009 8:17 pm

    Curt…I would love for you to run for Ted’s seat…I am a Mass resident and would gladly support your campaign…please help us get some type of a Conservative influence in this state…its been toooo long

  66. Justin Cruz permalink
    September 4, 2009 8:19 pm

    P.S. Billy Martin’s posts are as intelligent as ketchup….it is b/c of people like him that you must run!!!!

  67. Joe M permalink
    September 4, 2009 10:57 pm

    Curt,
    Thanks for keeping your promise when you came to the Red Sox.But do everyone a favor and don’t run.Keep up your work with your wife on keeping kids informed about cancer

  68. Bill permalink
    September 5, 2009 11:56 am

    Curt, I know you don’t carry any baggage. But do you carry any luggage?

  69. Donald P. Solinsky permalink
    September 6, 2009 11:13 pm

    Curt, I haven’t voted in Massachusetts for anything other than president because this state has become an incumbent cesspool. I truly believe you can not only win the seat, but you would be such a breath of fresh air.

    Respectfully,
    Donald P. Solinsky

  70. Fran Mayer permalink
    September 9, 2009 7:02 am

    PLEASE seriously consider running for the Senate seat. Many folks are fed up with politics and are seeking a person of principal to represent them.

  71. Bob permalink
    September 13, 2009 4:02 pm

    If you do not want to run for the Senate, come down to South Carolina and run for governor.

  72. Ryan permalink
    September 13, 2009 8:12 pm

    Schilling for President!

  73. Ryan permalink
    September 13, 2009 8:14 pm

    You got my vote!

  74. Sanchez permalink
    September 17, 2009 10:02 am

    CURT SCHILLING WILL TURN WASHINGTON INSIDE OUT…Please my fellow mass voters we need real change, we need to break out of the dinosaur age!

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