Curt Schilling, a failed video game entrepreneur and frequent conservative political commentator who previously won a couple of World Series with the Red Sox, is considering a run for state office en route to a future presidential bid, he said on Facebook over the weekend.
“I am going to run, soon,” Schilling wrote in a comment Sunday.
“[S]tate office first, white house in 8 years,” he added, and said that if Hillary Clinton wins November’s election, he may run for president in 2020.
It was not clear how serious Schilling is about the plan, but he did repeat on Twitter that he would “most likely” run for state office in Massachusetts. In April, he told a Twitter follower to “wait one more cycle” before he could challenge U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy, who represents his district. “[N]eed some things to get done first,” he tweeted at the time.
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) April 23, 2016
Terry MacCormack, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Republican Party, said the party has not been contacted by Schilling.
Schilling has lived in Medfield, which is about a half-hour drive from the state’s border with Rhode Island, where his former video game company has been a point of political controversy for an entire election cycle.
Schilling’s company, 38 Studios, moved to the Ocean State after officials there issued bonds to offer the company tens of millions of dollars, which the business was expected to pay back. 38 Studios went bankrupt in 2012, leaving taxpayers on the hook. Schilling has long criticized then-Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee for not issuing further financial assistance.
In the same Facebook thread where he outlined his political aspirations, Schilling responded to somebody who called him an “expert on fraud,” alluding to the Rhode Island situation, by saying: “Because? Your dumb ass state offered my company a bond to move there? You dumbasses elected and continue to elect inept, corrupt and ignorant public officials? Because I invested 50m of my own money in my company?” He then suggested the Facebook user was a Yankees fan that is “still not over the biggest choke in sports history,” and posted an image of his 2004 Red Sox World Series ring.
Late last month, Rhode Island’s attorney general chided the deal to bring 38 Studios to the state but declined to press any charges related to it.
Schilling has been a political lightning rod at the national level since shuttering 38 Studios, frequently commenting about public affairs on social media. The former ace shared a meme on Facebook in April about transgender bathroom rights, adding a comment that read: “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves.” ESPN, which had previously suspended him for other political posts, in response fired Schilling from his position as a baseball analyst.
Massachusetts passed a law ensuring transgender people the right to use the bathroom they identify with shortly thereafter. The bill was signed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.
Schilling has since taken to more aggressively sharing his political views. He is fiercely critical of Clinton and supports Donald Trump for president. He less regularly comments on state politics, but has in the past supported former Sen. Scott Brown and, at least during his first run for governor, Baker.