Curt Schilling Won't Run for Kennedy Seat

Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009 12:24 PM

By Jim Meyers

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Former Major League pitching star Curt Schilling has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts left vacant by the death of Ted Kennedy.

Schilling, who helped lead the Boston Red Sox to victory in the 2004 and 2007 World Series, had expressed interest in the seat. He is a longtime Republican supporter who backed John McCain in 2008 but is not registered with the GOP and would have had to run as an independent.

Schilling put an end to speculation that he would run during an appearance on "Joe Buck Live" on HBO on Tuesday night.

"Regardless of the amount of support and outreach that's been given to me, it just did not make sense," he said.

But he continued his frequent criticism of politicians in general: "I think the country is sick and tired of elected officials beholden to special interests. I think we're at a time and a place where we're voting for the lesser of two evils instead of the best candidate."

Schilling said earlier on his 38 Pitches blog for the WEEI sports radio network: "I’m not even close to a Rhodes Scholar or Ivy League graduate, but I also know I’m watching many people with those exact credentials run this state, and this country, into the ground."

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