Curt Schilling is, as soon as once more, floating a run for Congress — this time in Arizona — and President Donald Trump is rooting him on.
“Terrific!” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, calling Schilling a “great pitcher and patriot.”
Curt Schilling, an excellent pitcher and patriot, is contemplating a run for Congress in Arizona. Terrific! @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
The president’s tweet comes after the outspokenly conservative former Red Sox pitcher informed a radio host over the weekend that he was contemplating returning to his native Arizona to launch a congressional marketing campaign towards one of many state’s incumbent Democrats. Schilling confirmed his curiosity in an electronic mail Monday to the Arizona Republic, although he didn’t say the place or when he may run.
“Not ready to do any of that right now,” he wrote. “If/When things solidify I will but right now it’s something in the ‘I’m considering it’ stage.”
Schilling has lived in Medfield since retiring from baseball in 2009 and reportedly nonetheless considers himself a Massachusetts resident, however informed the paper that “state is not the state I grew up in.” While he was born in Alaska, the 52-year-old spent the primary twenty years of his life in Arizona and in addition performed for the Arizona Diamondbacks for 3 and a half years, together with their World Series-winning season in 2001. He additionally visited the state final week to help a neighborhood Republican candidate for Congress and name for harder immigration legal guidelines.
“Making Arizona citizens of EVERY Race, religion and sexual orientation 2nd class citizens to illegal immigrants is about as anti-American as it gets,” Schilling informed the Republic. “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.”
After getting fired from ESPN in 2016 for sharing a transphobic meme, Schilling joined the conservative web site Breitbart to host a fledging political podcast. Since then, he has repeatedly come underneath criticism for selling inflammatory content material and conspiracy theories on social media.
A longtime Republican and Trump supporter, Schilling has repeatedly floated the thought of operating for a Senate seat in Massachusetts, first in 2009 after the loss of life of Sen. Ted Kennedy and once more in 2016 forward of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s re-election.
“I’ve made my decision. I’m going to run,” Schilling mentioned in 2016, including that he nonetheless needed to clear the thought along with his spouse, Shonda.
However, his 2018 Senate marketing campaign did not ever materialize and Schilling ultimately endorsed Shiva Ayyadurai’s quixotic bid towards Warren, earlier than later campaigning for the Republican nominee, former state Rep. Geoff Diehl.
Apparently, Schilling remains to be engaged on getting his spouse on board with the thought of his future political profession.
“It’s something that my wife and I have talked about, and she’s now becoming more and more pumped at the potential,” he mentioned in an interview this previous weekend with Armed American Radio, referring to his potential congressional marketing campaign in Arizona. “Obviously, we’re still quite a few discussions away, but yeah, it’s something we’re absolutely considering.”