Red Sox Hero Schilling Won't Nix Run for Kennedy Seat

Retired pitcher has been vocal Republican supporter in recent elections
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2009 7:37 PM CDT
Schilling's famously bloody sock, from the 2004 postseason.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Curt Schilling, the volubly Republican All-Star pitcher who helped the Boston Red Sox end their 86-year World Series drought, has “been contacted” about a run to fill Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, he tells NECN. “I do have some interest in the possibility,” Schilling, 42, writes on his website. “To get to there from where I am today, many, many things would have to align themselves.”

“As of today, probably not,” said Schilling, who campaigned with John McCain last year, said when asked if he’d run. “I’ve got a lot on my plate. Right now, I’m not even going to speculate.” But, he adds, the stars may be aligned for true-blue Massachusetts to elect a Republican. “I think for the first time in a long time, it will take the right candidate.”