A surprise candidate has expressed possible interest in running for the Massachusetts Senate seat vacated by Ted Kennedy's death -- former Boston Red Sox star pitcher Curt Schilling.
Schilling wrote in his blog on Wednesday:
"While my family is obviously the priority, and 38 Studios (his video game company) is a priority, I do have some interest in the possibility. That being said, to get to there from where I am today, many many things would have to align themselves for that to truly happen. I am not going to comment further on the matter since at this point it would be speculation on top of speculation.
"My hope is that whatever happens, and whomever it happens to, this state makes the decision and chooses the best person, regardless of sex, race, religion or political affiliation, to help get this state back to the place it deserves to be."
Schilling told New England Cable News that he has been contacted "by people whose opinion I give credence to," but he did not elaborate. He declined to comment when the Associated Press called his office
The outspoken Schilling is a registered independent, and a longtime supporter of Republican candidates, campaigning for President Bush in 2004 and John McCain in 2008.
Schilling certainly would be a force in a campaign, since Red Sox fans love him for his heroics in ending the World Series curse in 2004, and winning it all again in 2007. But World Series hero or not, a Republican might be a tough sell in the bastion of liberal politics that is Boston.
Former teammates had nothing but good things to say about a possible Senate run for Schilling.
"If he runs, good luck," said first baseman Kevin Youkilis. "I don't know if I'd want to do that job."
Team manager Terry Francona said Schilling should do whatever makes him happy but noted, "I don't think he'd want me as his campaign manager."
The special election will be held January 19, 2010.