Former pitcher Curt Schilling confirmed that he is “absolutely considering” running for Congress to flip a seat held by a Democrat in Arizona.
President Trump celebrated the idea, apparently reacting to a segment on “Fox & Friends” which mentioned the potential run by the former Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox pitcher.
Curt Schilling, a great pitcher and patriot, is considering a run for Congress in Arizona. Terrific! @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
Schilling is reportedly mulling over the idea of facing off against one of his home state’s five Democrats, speaking to Armed American Radio about the idea on Sunday.
“I haven’t said anything publicly, but I’m considering going back to Arizona and running for a congressional seat, one of the blue ones,” Schilling, an outspoken conservative and supporter of President Trump, told Mark Walters. “It’s something that my wife and I have talked about, and she’s now becoming more and more pumped at the potential. Obviously, we’re still quite a few discussions away, but yeah, it’s something we’re absolutely considering.”
Schilling helped the Red Sox win their first World Series in 86 years in 2004, and then again in 2007 after previously winning a 2001 World Series in Arizona playing for the Diamondbacks.
He told The Arizona Republic on Monday about his preliminary plans to run in one of the state’s five Democratically-held congressional districts, though he “identifies himself as a Massachusetts resident” and once thought about running against Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018.
“Not ready to do any of that right now. If/When things solidify I will but right now it’s something in the ‘I’m considering it’ stage,” Schilling told The Arizona Republic in a statement.
“The state is not the state I grew up in. Making Arizona citizens of EVERY Race, religion and sexual orientation 2nd class citizens to illegal immigrants is about as anti-American as it gets,” the 52-year-old, six-time MLB all-star said. “When you have homeless veterans, children, and you’re spending tax dollars on people smuggling drugs and children across our border, someone in charge needs their ass kicked.”
Schilling did not indicate which district seat he would be vying for but he has already endorsed Republican Brandon Martin’s run in the district currently held by Democrat Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.
We want our country back. Don’t care about color, race, sexual preferences or pronouns, just care you are a law abiding AMERICAN. To that end PLEASE HELP ME get @PathForFreedom elected!!!! He’s on the border! Can flip blue to red!! Needs $$$! Give you my word he can be trusted!
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) August 10, 2019
Comments about transgender bathrooms and radical Islamic terrorism – which Schilling opposed – led to the champion pitcher being fired as a baseball analyst by ESPN back in 2016. The outspoken conservative was conspicuously left out of a pregame ceremony at Game 2 of the 2018 World Series which included other champions from the 2004 Boston Red Sox World Series victory
Trump openly praised the three-time World Series champion and called for his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Curt Schilling deserves to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Great record, especially when under pressure and when it mattered most. Do what everyone in Baseball knows is right! @marklevinshow
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2019
Schilling believed he was not included because of his conservative views – and support of the president.
“I mean, it’s not a guess. People that have not voted for me specifically because of the things I’ve said or did, they’ve said it. They’ve come out and said, ‘I can’t vote for him because of what he said and what he did,’” he told Fox News’ Mark Levin earlier this year.