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Ex-pitcher Curt Schilling considers congressional run in Arizona

Aug 12, 2019, 5:35 PM | Updated: Sep 18, 2019, 11:14 am
Curt Schilling watches the  San Francisco Giants face the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Au...
Curt Schilling watches the San Francisco Giants face the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 3, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling, who’s never been shy about expressing his conservative beliefs, said he’s thinking about running for Congress in Arizona, where he won a World Series ring with the Diamondbacks in 2001.

“I’m considering going back to Arizona and running for a congressional seat, one of the blue ones,” Schilling, who was the World Series co-MVP along with Randy Johnson when the Diamondbacks won their only world championship, told Armed American Radio on Sunday.

Host Mark Waters was discussing the 2nd Congressional District, a southern Arizona seat held by Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, when Schilling brought up the possibility of running.

Schilling, who has long been outspoken about his conservative views, didn’t specifically say he would target Kirkpatrick.

He already has been supporting Brandon Martin, a Republican candidate in Kirkpatrick’s district.

Schilling previously considered a 2018 run against Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, but he told Waters he decided against putting his family through a campaign at that time.

But he said he’s been talking about a run in Arizona with his wife, “and she’s now becoming more and more comfortable.”

“We’re still quite a few discussions away, but, yeah, it’s something that we’re absolutely considering,” he continued.

Schilling, who went to Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, pitched in parts of four seasons for the Diamondbacks and formed a formidable starting duo alongside Johnson.

He went on to win two more championships as a member of the Boston Red Sox and is considered one of the top postseason pitchers of all time.

In 2016, the six-time All-Star was fired from his gig as a baseball analyst with ESPN after sharing a meme about transgender bathroom policies that the network considered offensive and unacceptable. He went on to work for the conservative Breitbart News.

In 2018 he attended a Diamondbacks game in Phoenix wearing a shirt supporting President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.

The president apparently is a fan of Schilling, too. Before this year’s Hall of Fame voting, Trump tweeted that Schilling deserved to be inducted.

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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson, left, and Curt Schilling, right, hold the World Series MVP trophy they will share after being named co-receipiants of the World Series Most Valuable Player award after the Diamondbacks beat the New York Yankees 3-2 in Game 7 of the World Series Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) In this image released by Electronic Arts, Three -time World Series Champion Curt Schilling, right, R.A. Salvatore, center, Todd MacFarlane, and Ken Rolston, with 38 Studios, interact with fans during an autograph signing at Comic-Con on Thursday, July 22, 2010, in San Diego.(Sandy Huffaker/AP Images for Electronic Arts) NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27:  Former ESPN Analyst Curt Schilling (C) talks about his ESPN dismissal and politics during SiriusXM's Breitbart News Patriot Forum hosted by Stephen K. Bannon (R) and co-host Alex Marlow (L) at the SiriusXM Studio on April 27, 2016 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM) PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 03:  Curt Schilling watches the MLB game between the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 3, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) Curt Schilling pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies on the mound throwing a pitch during the Major League Baseball National League West game against the San Francisco Giants on 29 May 2000 at Pacific Bell Park, San Francisco, California, United States. Giants won the game 7-2.  (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images) BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 03: Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling #38 sits with his wife, Shonda Schilling, while being inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame prior to the game against the Minnesota Twins during the game on August 3, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 14:  (L-R) Curt Schilling, Shonda Schilling stand by as republican presidential candidate John McCain waves to fans with his wife Cindy McCain before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 14, 2008 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) BOSTON - OCTOBER 25:  Curt Schilling #38 of the Boston Red Sox pumps his against the Colorado Rockies during Game Two of the 2007 Major League Baseball World Series at Fenway Park on October 25, 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) 2 Aug 2000:  Pitcher Curt Schilling #38 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Atlanta Braves at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Braves 2-0Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross/Allsport 20 May 2001:  Randy Johnson #51 of the Arizona Diamondbacks talks with teammate Curt Schilling #38 during the game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.  The Cubs defeated the Diamondbacks 6-5.Mandatory Credit: Ezra Shaw  /Allsport

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