Former baseball player Curt Schilling has a prominent friend encouraging him to run in the special election for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, CNN
reports: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
McCain's spokesperson said that the Senator initiated the conversation. Schilling has previously campaigned for George W. Bush in 2004, and for McCain during the 2008 primary and general election seasons.
One problem Schilling has is that he's registered to vote as an independent, and therefore might not be legally able to run as a Republican. If so, the GOP would have to clear the field and back Schilling as an independent with Republican support -- similar to how the Democrats have supported Bernie Sanders since 1990. It's certainly feasible, but getting there could be tricky.