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Ex-pitcher Curt Schilling 'absolutely considering' congressional run in Arizona


The outspoken conservative said his goal is to flip a seat held by a Democrat

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Former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling says he is "absolutely considering" running for Congress in his home state of Arizona.

What are the details?

On Sunday, the retired Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox pitcher told Armed American Radio, "I haven't said anything publicly, but I'm considering going back to Arizona and running for a congressional seat, one of the blue ones."

The six-time MLB all-star added, "It's something that my wife and I have talked about, and she's now becoming more and more pumped at the potential. Obviously we're still quite a few discussions away, but yeah, it's something we're absolutely considering."

KTAR-FM noted that host Mark Waters was discussing the congressional district currently held by Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) when Schilling made his remarks. However, Schilling did not say he was targeting Kirkpatrick — in fact, the ex-pitcher has already endorsed Republican Brandon Martin in that race.

The Washington Free Beacon pointed out the Schilling has flirted with running for office in past, when he told Fox News that he was "serious" about challenging Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in 2018.

Anything else?

Schilling was let go from his position as a baseball analyst at ESPN in 2016, after he shared a meme on social media regarding transgender bathroom policies. He later told CNN, "I wasn't fired for speaking my mind, I was fired for being a conservative."

If Schilling does make a congressional run, he is likely to win the endorsement of President Donald Trump, who publicly praised him earlier this year while calling for his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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