BOSTON (State House News Service) – Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling will run against U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018, he announced on a Rhode Island radio station Tuesday, but only if his wife gives her blessing.
“I’ve made my decision. I’m going to run,” Schilling said during an interview on WPRO radio, according to Rhode Island TV outlet WPRI. “But – 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.”
Since at least August, Schilling has publicly toyed with the idea of running for elected office. Though the Massachusetts Senate seat has been a steady target, Schilling has also suggested he might eventually run to be governor of Massachusetts or president of the United States.
The 6’5″ righty, who helped the Sox upset the New York Yankees in the 2004 championship series and secure the city’s first World Series title in 84 years, has called Warren a “nightmare” and said he hopes to be “one of the people responsible for getting Elizabeth Warren out of politics.”
Schilling, whose social media accounts say lives in Medfield, describes himself on his Facebook page as a “conservative pro life pro 2nd amendment American who wants to help those that cannot help themselves.” He supported Gov. Charlie Baker’s first gubernatorial run in 2010 and campaigned for Baker in the days before Election Day 2014. He has supported other Republican candidates including Donald Trump, Scott Brown and George W. Bush.
A University of Massachusetts-Amherst and WBZ poll of about 450 potential voters released last month found Schilling trailing Warren by 19 points in a hypothetical matchup. The poll found 47 percent of respondents said they would support Warren, 28 percent would vote for Schilling, 16 percent were not sure and another 9 percent said they would not vote if that were the matchup.