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Curt Schilling decides against running for Congress in Arizona

Oct 15, 2019, 3:58 PM | Updated: Oct 16, 2019, 7:56 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)

PHOENIX – Curt Schilling has decided against running for Congress in Arizona in 2020, the former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher told 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station‘s John Gambadoro on Tuesday.

“The things that have been said and done to my wife and kids since I announced interest in running” are not worth it, said Schilling, an outspoken conservative.

Schilling, who won a World Series ring with the Diamondbacks in 2001, floated the idea of a congressional run during an interview with Armed American Radio in August.

“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, he said at the time. He expressed an interest in the District 1 seat occupied by Democrat Tom O’Halleran.

The speculation drew the attention of President Donald Trump, who tweeted his approval.

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.

Apparently similar concerns came into play in his decision about an Arizona run.

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 as a pitcher, too. Before this year’s Hall of Fame voting, Trump tweeted that Schilling deserved to be inducted.

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