September 23rd, 2009
04:26 PM ET
5 years ago

Schilling rules out bid for Kennedy's seat

Pitching legend Curt Schilling has decided not to run for the Massachusetts Senate seat left open by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.
Pitching legend Curt Schilling has decided not to run for the Massachusetts Senate seat left open by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

(CNN) - Pitching legend Curt Schilling has decided not to run for the Massachusetts Senate seat left open by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

The former Boston Red Sox ace, an outspoken conservative who campaigned for former Republican presidential candidate John McCain last year, told HBO Tuesday he has ruled out mounting a GOP bid for the coveted seat

"Regardless of the amount of support and outreach that's been given to me, it just did not make sense," Schilling said on HBO's "Joe Buck Live."

Earlier this month Schilling told a Boston radio station he was considering running for the seat, though added the chances were slim. Schilling also said then he had been approached by party leaders - including McCain - who advised he should consider mounting a campaign.

But questions arose whether Schilling, a registered independent, would have been allowed to run on the GOP ticket. A recent poll of Massachusetts voters also suggested the former Red Sox star might not fair well in a state-wide political race, garnering less than a 30 percent approval rating.

Republican State Sen. Scott Brown has announced he will run for the seat on the Republican side while state attorney Gen. Martha Coakley, Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca, and Rep. Mike Capuano are battling for the Democratic nomination. Primaries are set to be held on December 8 while the general election will take place on January 19.


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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Ohio

    Yeah, it probably doesnt make sense since the people of Massachusetts are in love with liberalism and entitlements.

    September 23, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. Terry from West Texas

    Good. The last thing America needs is another Republican Senator to gum up the works. The only goal of America's Conservative leadership is to prevent our nation from taking any action to solve any problem or to make America a better nation. That, and only that, is the Conservative platform. Why middle class Americans continue to vote for Conservatism when it is clearly contrary to their own self-interest is the most baffling political phenomenon of the century.

    September 23, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. American Republican

    Of course he wouldn't be able to run as on the GOP ticket. This would not be fair since it would give Democrats competition. Rules are for every one except the democrats.

    Let's see if biased CNN posts this one seeing as how they only post a quarter of republican comments.

    September 23, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. Jeff

    Why not....he's good at playing games and makes a ridiculous amount of money for it.....sounds perfect for the Senate!!!

    September 23, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. FactCheck

    Why the heck is this news? Didn't Gary Coleman once run for Governor of California? He had a better chance than this fool.

    September 23, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. Profiteers from Tears

    Curt would make a great Shemp in a new movie about the three stooges.Notice,he cant even get a job coaching,let alone batboy.

    September 23, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. Debra Austin, Texas

    Duh. After being on a winning ticket, why would he want to be on a losing one.

    September 23, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. frank

    I know there are plenty of fools in politics but do we really need more.

    September 23, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Jenn, Philadelphia

    Good. There are enough egotistical blow-hards in the Senate already.

    September 23, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. Charlie in Maine

    Phew, That was a close one. I am a die-hard Red Sox fan and I want to remember Curt for his good side (pitching with the bloody sock breaking the curse) I would have hate if if he had become a cog in the monsterous machine that the GOP has become.

    September 23, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. ran

    Great. Now if we can get other Republicans to not run in other states like SC then maybe things can get done in congress.

    September 23, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. Terry, TX

    Welll I am ok with Brown.....Massachusetts should be embarrassed to change the senator replacement rule....when Romney was governor they said "the People Need to Choose"......Now because they have a democratic governor....."the Governor Needs to Choose".

    Hypocrites and "Liars". I say "the People Choose the Senator"....and if they don't ..."Vote These Crook Politicians Out."

    September 23, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Well, it just goes to show that AL pitchers don’t ‘run’ too well—darn designated hitter rule!

    September 23, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He didn't stand a chance of winning anyhow.

    September 23, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. Right Trash

    Thank goodness; the last thing we need in the Senate is another religious whack job.

    September 23, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. We Won Get Over It

    He sees that he has a snowballs chance in Hades to even be a candidate. So like the butt he is, he dropped out...good.

    September 23, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. Obama worst president EVER

    Too bad. Curt's the best.

    September 23, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. victim of republican greed

    But Curt, John McCain endorsed your run, and he is seldom wrong. Wait, he chose Sarah Palin as a running mate, and said the fundamentals of the economy are strong. Never mind.

    September 23, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Obama worst president EVER

    Sorry to see Schill drop out.

    Typical CNN slanted story. Schilling is a true INDEPENDENT, not a major conservative. Second, who would vote for Martha Coakley (snicker) instead of Curt Schilling? Democrats have to be breathing a sigh of relief today.

    September 23, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. Pedro Martinez

    Typical Curt Schilling, trying to steal my thunder!

    September 23, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. Sniffit

    Well, at least he's made one good decision we know about.

    September 23, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. Doug, New Jersey

    Sadly in a state as blue as Taxachusetts Osama Bin Laden, Ahmadenijad, and Chavez have a better chance of being elected than a great American like Curt Shilling.

    Nothing will ever top the reserection of Jesus Christ, but Romney winning an election in a state with such horrible, immoral, hateful, dishonest people is second. I agree with them on gay marriage (I'm pro choice and for decriminalizing drug abusers), but due to the way a majority of Democrats act in America, I will vote against them for as long as I live

    September 23, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their follishness.

    Nobody wants to follow a crinimal.

    September 23, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. Jordan

    pitching "legend"? lol

    September 23, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  25. Debra R

    Too bad...I would have voted for him

    September 23, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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