Taking Torch From Ted Kennedy … Curt Schilling?

Ask not what your country can do for you, Curt Schilling says. Ask what you can do for your country. And that something is to Vote For Schilling, if you live in Massachusetts, that is. Our Curt has expressed interest in running for the seat held for 40 years by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

George W. Bush, Curt Schilling

Yes when I think of the Kennedy legacy, the photo above immediately comes to mind. In fact, make that puppy giant-size and slap it on a few billboards around the state, and Schilling could be the first person ever to get zero votes. Sorry to ruin this thing before it gets started, Curt.

From Schilling’s blog, 38 PITCHES:

While my family is obviously the priority, and 38 Studios is a priority, I do have some interest in the possibility. That being said, to get to there from where I am today, many many things would have to align themselves for that to truly happen. I am not going to comment further on the matter since at this point it would be speculation on top of speculation.

My hope is that whatever happens, and whomever it happens to, this state makes the decision and chooses the best person, regardless of sex, race, religion or political affiliation, to help get this state back to the place it deserves to be.

Sounds like a go to me!

Although Schilling famously campaigned for George W. Bush in 2004 and for John McCain in 2008, he is a registered independent. He lives in suburban Boston.

But here are two more things that could derail a Schilling candidacy:

1) He’s a Steelers fan:

Curt Schilling

2). He lives in Drew Bledsoe’s old house.

Again, sorry, Curt.

So far, only state Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat from Middlesex County, has obtained nomination papers to run in the Jan. 19 special election to fill Kennedy’s seat. The most prominent name to pop up is that of Kennedy’s nephew, Joe Kennedy II, although it’s unlikely that he’ll run. Other possibilities are U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, former U.S. attorney and Republican Michael Sullivan (who happens to work in John Ashcroft’s law firm), U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Somerville), and UMass/Lowell Chancellor and former U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan.

Ted Kennedy’s widow, Victoria, is also a possibility.

The Jan. 19 special election is estimated to cost $5.5 million, a price tag that includes the ballots and accessible voter machines, among other items, said Brian McNiff, spokesman for the secretary of state.

After obtaining nomination papers, candidates will need to collect 10,000 certified voter signatures by Oct. 20 to qualify for the Dec. 8 primary election.

“Most people will take papers out this week and early next,” McNiff said.

There had been talk about Schilling running for John Kerry’s senate seat in 2008, but at the time he though that he might be pitching again, so he didn’t consider it.