Curt Schilling vs. Elizabeth Warren?
Schilling, the retired Boston Red Sox pitching ace, is apparently strongly considering running against Elizabeth Warren when she is up for reelection as the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts in 2018.
“I have two years to prepare for her; I think I can kick her a**,” he declared this morning on the Dennis & Callahan plus Minihane radio show on Boston’s WEEI about the potential election contest in which he would enter as a Republican. Schilling is a frequent phone-in guest on the show, but this morning he was in studio as one of two substitute co-hosts with John Dennis and Kirk Minihane away on vacation.
In the discussion about his potential electoral ambitions, Schilling seemingly drew a parallel between politics and his MLB post-season pitching success, noting that he became a World-Series hero given 7-10 days to prepare for each start.
Schilling admitted that he is somewhat of a loose cannon, but vowed not to change his outspoken ways even for the sake of getting votes.
He also seemed to place two escape clauses on any possible run for elective office. His wife and family have veto power over the idea and that he would only challenge the popular Warren, a Democrat, if he could prevail in the end. “I’m not going to step on a playing field where I don’t have a chance to win,” he observed about Massachusetts, which is often difficult terrain for a Republican.
Last week, the right-leaning righty stirred things up with a Facebook post and on Twitter about running soon for statewide office and hinting/joking about a subsequent presidential bid, which gave rise to the #Schilling2024 hashtag. A Schilling for Congress Facebook page also quickly emerged.
In April, the controversial Schilling, 49, was fired by ESPN, where he was appearing on Monday Night Baseball, after posting an anti-transgender meme to his Facebook page in connection with the North Carolina bathroom law. Last year, Schilling was benched from ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball as well as Baseball Tonight after a controversial tweet comparing Muslim extremists to Nazis, for which he apologized.
The potential MLB Hall of Famer has also strongly criticized ESPN for allegedly only applying its no-politics rule to conservatives and not liberals and claimed that the network is a hotbed of racism. In May, he also accused the sports network of editing him and the famous “bloody sock” Game 6 out of the 30 for 30 documentary about 2004 MLB American League Championship Series in which the Red Sox stormed back from a 0-3 deficit to defeat the New York Yankees and then went on to win the World Series title.
Ex-Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling weighs run against Sen. Elizabeth Warrenhttps://t.co/2rQuZJKHDq— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) August 17, 2016
A post-season hero, Schilling retired from professional baseball with an MLB win-loss record of 216-146, with more than 3,000 strikeouts and a career 3.46 ERA. The former member of the Philadelphia Phillies was a three-time World Series champion (2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and 2004 and 2007 with the Boston Red Sox) before joining ESPN as a baseball commentator in 2010. He is also a throat cancer survivor as well as the owner of a now-bankrupt Rhode Island video game company, 38 Studios. He and his wife play a prominent role in the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Referencing the 38 Studios bankruptcy which is hardly a resume enhancer for a would-be candidate for federal office, Schilling claimed that the defunct business was the only failure in his career. He’ll obviously have a lot of explaining on the campaign trail about what happened, and is an event that any potential opponent will highlight, but Schilling insisted that he put $50 million of his own money into the 300-employee company to keep it afloat. He assailed Rhode Island officials under then Gov. Lincoln Chafee for sabotaging the venture by abruptly cutting the government bond by $26 million and that he was unable to cover the budget shortfall with private investors.
Listen to the discussion and draw your own conclusions.
“In 2010, Schilling moved his video game company 38 Studios from Massachusetts to Rhode Island in exchange for a $75 million state loan guarantee. The company failed and Rhode Island is suing Schilling,” Fox News explained.
“The video game company collapsed in 2012, after moving to Rhode Island, lured by a $75 million state funding package. Schilling is not well-admired in the Ocean State, where the company’s bankruptcy stuck taxpayers with the bill. His favorability rating there in 2013 was 9 percent, with 74 percent holding an unfavorable view,” the Boston Globe detailed.
The ex-Red Sox star is pro-life, supports the Second Amendment in particular, and as a licensed gun owner, admits to carrying a weapon from time to time.
A Trump supporter, Curt Schilling accused Elizabeth Warren of putting the country into “financial peril” and is not a fan of Warren’s idea for free public college education for everyone, a proposal also advocated by Bernie Sanders. Schilling claims that according to his numbers crunching, the plan would cost the state of Massachusetts through its taxpayers $3.8 billion each year, and if implemented by Congress for all 50 states, $460 billion annually. “Now she’s b***hing about the cost of education, when she was making $300,000 out of that system.”
A foe of income inequality, Elizabeth Warren reportedly earned about $350,000 each year to teach one course at Harvard in the 2010-2011 time frame, at the same time collecting a $165,000 stipend as a consultant to the Obama administration, the Boston Globe detailed. “Warren’s compensation puts her in the top echelon of American earners.”
In an appearance on Boston radio station WRKO on Monday, Curt Schilling provided this assessment of Elizabeth Warren.
“I thought about it, and one of the things I would like to do is be one of the people responsible for getting Elizabeth Warren out of politics. I think she’s a nightmare. The left is holding her up as the second coming of Hillary Clinton, but Lord knows we don’t even need the first one.”
Sounding more and more like a candidate, Schilling told Boston’s Fox25 that Elizabeth Warren “is an incredible hypocrite because she wants free education, and that’s the same system she milked for $300,00 a year, taking an advantage of a government incentive for the American Indians, that she claims to be.”
In running against then-Senator Scott Brown in 2012, Elizabeth Warren insisted that she was 1/32 Cherokee, but no corroboration of this claim’s validity has emerged. There are allegations that Warren nonetheless used her “minority” status to obtain important law teaching positions at several Ivy League universities under affirmative action. Earlier this summer, a prominent Native American writer referred to Warren as a “Pretendian.” In 2012, Cherokee genealogist Twila Barnes asserted that no authentication existed for Warren’s Native American heritage.
Schilling considered running in the 2010 Massachusetts special election to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy in Washington. Schilling ultimately declined, but fellow Republican Brown won the election to finish out Kennedy’s term. According to the Globe, Curt Schilling had just a 29 percent approval rating in Massachusetts, based on one poll, at the time.
“The government came to me to get me to go to Rhode Island…she went to the government and manipulated the system to benefit her personally,” Curt Schilling told the WEEI radio show audience about the alleged difference between him and Elizabeth Warren.
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