Schilling weighs pros, cons of run

Updated: September 3, 2009, 3:47 PM ET
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A day after writing on his blog that he has "some interest" in running for the seat held for nearly 50 years by Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Curt Schilling did not back off -- and sounded even more determined in considering the opportunity.

The one thing Schilling would not be fond of is the scrutiny that would come with a potential run. He said he would have to make a decision "in relatively short order" but gave no specific deadline.

"[Running] would be fun. The whole spotlight media crap, not so much," the former major league pitcher, who helped the Boston Red Sox win the World Series in 2004 and 2007, told Boston radio station WEEI on Thursday. "But [a run] would be a lot of fun because pretty much anybody that you're fighting against in office right now doesn't really have much of a leg to stand on right now.

"There's nobody you can go up against that you couldn't probably drag out a laundry list of stuff and say, 'Listen, this person's already proven that they're status quo, that they're business as usual, and we need anything but in every way shape and form moving forward."

A registered independent and longtime Republican supporter, Schilling wrote on his blog that while his family and video game company, 38 Studios, are high priorities, "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," he added.

State election law would limit Schilling to running solely as an independent candidate because it requires those seeking a major party nomination to have been enrolled in that party for at least 90 days before the Nov. 3 deadline for filing nomination papers with the state Elections Division.

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 42-year-old lives in suburban Medfield and campaigned for President George W. Bush in 2004 and Sen. John McCain in 2008. Schilling and his wife, Shonda, have four children ages 7 to 14.

The 216-game winner debated the pros and cons of a Senate run in his interview with WEEI.

"My family's been exposed to the public life -- my kids for their entire lives, my wife for the last 20 years," the 216-game winner said. "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," he said before adding, "The ability to change the world -- big pro. ... I just think that there is so much broke here that the fixing piece, I don't think you have to look very hard to pick up a piece of debris and start to reform it. ... You can make an argument that everybody wants fresh blood and somebody that doesn't know how to play the game, but what people say and what actually happens a lot of times are totally different things."

As a player, Schilling won three World Series, the first in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He became a Red Sox legend when he won Game 6 of the 2004 AL Championship Series while blood from an injured ankle seeped through his sock. He also pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, helping them reach the 1993 World Series. He retired in March.

Democrats said to be considering a campaign include U.S. Reps. Stephen Lynch of Boston, Michael Capuano of Somerville and John Tierney of Salem, as well as Kennedy's nephew, former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II.

So far, only state Attorney General Martha Coakley has taken out papers for a Democratic campaign, though she has refused to make any follow-up comment.

Kennedy died last week at age 77 from a brain tumor. A special election to replace him is scheduled for Jan. 19, although the Massachusetts Legislature is considering a bill that would allow Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint someone to the seat on an interim basis during the campaign.

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