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Former MLB All-Star Curt Schilling Considering Run for Congress

The former Red Sox pitcher and Massachusetts resident says he might be interested in Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran's seat

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    Curt Schilling Mulling Run for Congress?

    Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is considering a run for Congress in Arizona, according to a tweet from President Donald Trump.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019)

    If former major league pitcher Curt Schilling runs for Congress in Arizona, he said it might be for Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran's seat.

    Schilling announced last week that he's thinking about a bid for a U.S. House seat, and he has reached out to the Arizona Republican Party, the Arizona Republic reported Wednesday.

    "Am I going to run? I don't know yet," Schilling said during a livestream on Facebook. "I honestly don't know yet. It's still an ongoing discussion in our home."

    Schilling, who lives in Massachusetts, said he's interested in O'Halleran's district. But he's still planning out what he wants to do.

    O'Halleran said Schilling has name recognition, but he's not too concerned about a possible faceoff for the mostly rural district in eastern Arizona.

    "If I were in a primary with him, I'd probably be a little more worried about him than I would be in a general election," O'Halleran said.

    O'Halleran is serving his second term. Democrats have won the seat five out of six times since 2008.

    Schilling is an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, who last week tweeted encouragement for the possible House run calling Schilling a "great pitcher and patriot".

    This isn't the first time the World Series hero has considered getting involved in politics. Back in 2016, he eyed a run against Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts before ultimately deciding against it.

    Schilling helped the Arizona Diamondbacks win its only World Series championship in 2001. He won another World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2004.

    He later worked as a commentator for ESPN, but he was fired in 2016 for controversial comments shared on Facebook.

    "He has some pretty far-right issues concerning a number of different areas, and he hasn't ever been involved in public policy — and he has some issues coming from the East Coast that he would have to bring with him," O'Halleran said.

    "If I were him, I'd be far more worried about the fact that Americans woke up in 2016, and apparently are wide awake now and seeing a radical socialist agenda being pushed on the American people," Schilling said in response to O'Halleran's comments.

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