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

Schilling rules out bid for Kennedy's seat

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. lou

    There is only ONE man who should run for that seat and his name is Romney. He has been the governor and is a perfect replacement for ending the goofy Kennedy stranglehold. He can still run for President if he wishes, so nothing is lost.

    September 23, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Tom

    First smart thing he's said about this race.

    September 23, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Jessie

    Wise choice. He would have gotten his clock cleaned. That's like Micheal Moore running for Joe Wilson's seat.

    September 23, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. Chris

    What's a party larder? I live in John McCain's state and I don't know what a larder is.

    September 23, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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