Schilling to challenge Warren, dismissed by Healey as “TrumpLite”

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BOSTON — Retired Red Sox ace Curt Schilling, whose outspoken nature when it comes to politics wound up costing him his baseball analyst job at ESPN, confirmed Tuesday he will be challenging Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018 — as long as his wife Shonda gives him the go-ahead.

“Bring it on,” Attorney General Maura Healey, another prominent Bay State Democrat and close political ally of Warren’s, tweeted after word spread of Schilling’s announcement, while dismissing the ex-hurler as “TrumpLite.”

Schilling made his announcement during an interview with WPRO radio:

Schilling, a registered Republican from Medfield, had supported retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson in the GOP primary up until May before announcing his support for real estate mogul Donald Trump.

Warren, who is active on social media and has proven herself to be Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s top Twitter attack dog during the former first lady’s campaign against Trump, had been silent on social as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.

She has never engaged Schilling on Twitter. After Schilling started voicing his political aspirations this past August, including declaring to a local radio host that he’d “like to be the one responsible for getting Elizabeth Warren out of politics,” Warren told a MassLive reporter she is keeping her focus on Trump:

Asked if she feared facing Schilling in an election, Warren matter-of-factly answered, “no.”

Last month a joint University of Massachusetts-Amherst/WBZ poll indicated that voters would reelect the Cambridge Democrat in a hypothetical matchup between Warren and Schilling.

The poll showed Schilling trailing by 19 points.