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September 22, 2009

A hesitant vote for the bloody sock

Politics aside, supporting Schilling a natural for this Red Sox fan

You loved him as the headstrong ace of the Red Sox squad that finally ended 86 years of frustration and won the World Series.

Now, will the residents of Massachusetts love Curt Schilling as their U.S. senator?

It was hardly a surprise that, less than a day after legendary U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy passed away last month, former Red Sox ace Schilling was on the radio commenting on the politician's death. After all, Schilling would likely comment on a strip mall opening in Methuen if given the chance.

It was also hardly a shock that the righty later expressed interest in filling Kennedy's seat on his blog. Schilling has long been outspoken about his very conservative political beliefs, and has expressed interest in running for office once his career ended.

What was a surprise to this reporter, however, was my gut reaction — that I would probably vote for Schilling.

Now, for my confession. At the risk of alienating about half the readership and more than a few co-workers, I admit that I am a liberal. I am a registered independent, but I have long had liberal leanings.

I am not an economist, nor am I an expert on the housing market. But my political stance is well thought out. I minored in political science in college because, after watching every episode of 'The West Wing' about 20 times, I thought I wanted to move to Washington and become a White House beat reporter. That motivation quickly died off, but the interest in politics did not.

So, it would stand to reason that I would vote against anyone with Schilling's Republican views.

Schilling, a registered independent, is an outspoken conservative who supported George W. Bush and John McCain in the last two presidential elections (both of whom I voted against). And that is really just the start of the vast differences between Schilling and me.

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