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Will Curt Schilling really stay quiet about 38 Studios?

May 25, 2012

Curt Schilling has a well-deserved reputation for loving the spotlight. So his minimalist comment about the fate of 38 Studios — muttering a few words while storming past reporters, offering a sporadic comment on social media — is completely out of character.

Reaction to 38 Studios’ meltdown has basically split into two camps: some inside the company blame politics and Governor Lincoln Chafee for abruptly ending what might have been a better chance at success. Chafee disputes that;  the governor says putting more public dollars into 38 Studios would be throwing good money after bad, since he didn’t see a path to profitability.

In time, there will post-mortems on the adequacy of the state’s oversight in implementing its agreement with 38 Studios. For now, Chafee defends that process, and one of his potential rivals in 2014, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo, mildly questions it.

Schilling, meanwhile, complained about “misinformation” when he stormed out of the offices of the state Economic Development Corporation on Monday. He said clearing that up will take more than a sound bite, but the former ballplayer has persistently declined to pursue the conversation.

Former Governor D0n Carcieri, the greatest public cheerleader for the deal with 38 Studios, has studiously avoided reporters since the company’s fortunes starting tanking.

Despite their shared silence, their are some key differences between Schilling and Carcieri.

The former two-term GOP governor is approaching his 70th birthday. The fate of 38 Studios will impact how history remembers Carcieri, but his time in public life has passed.

By comparison, Schilling — a bigger persona and someone used to the national stage — is just 45.

A borderline candidate for baseball’s Hall of Fame, Schilling remains a commentator for ESPN and he can expect a huge audience should he offer his own version of history.

It would strain credulity to think 38 isn’t going to eventually try to recast the story of what went down in Rhode Island. The question remains, can he can make a compelling case?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 25, 2012 6:59 pm

    I can understand the short term political advantage Treasurer Gina Raimondo may feel she has attacking or questioning the Governor’s role in the 38 Studio affair if she is thinking about challenging him next time around. However, Ms Raimondo is sounding like Mitt Romney blaming Obama for G W Bush’s failures.

    The Treasure’s position is independent of the Governor’s Office and is responsible for the stewardship of the taxpayer’s money and the taxpayer’s liabilities. As such, where was she during the past two years?

    If anyone had the specific skills and experience top oversee a venture start-up and the State’s interests in the 38 Studio loan guarantees I would point to the State Treasurer. Certainly, these skills are stronger than Governor’s in this area. On the other hand. the Governor has far more experience as a mayor and as a U S Senator to make judgements about which issues will most impact the public as a whole. This is where he skill set is most needed.

    Together they can make a good team. Separately, they just make RI look like the usual victims of a poncy scheme — stupid and clueless

    • Mister Guy permalink
      May 25, 2012 9:07 pm

      “As such, where was she during the past two years?”

      She was on a crusade to illegally “reform” the state’s pension system…mostly for her own, short-term political gain. We’ll see how great she looks when most of it goes down in defeat in our court system though.

  2. tim1999 permalink
    May 25, 2012 10:48 pm

    Nice try to spin this against Gina Raimondo but it’s not going to work.
    Linc Chafee sits as head of the EDC board and never sounded any alarms. That’s because Linc was quite happy to see this company go straight down the drain.

    Ian of course Curt Schilling is going to speak and speak extensively on what went down with his company. And when he does methinks there’s going to be some very interesting things that come to light. Things that could be very damaging politically to Linc Chafee. Called payback.

    • Mister Guy permalink
      May 26, 2012 4:23 am

      “Nice try to spin this against Gina Raimondo but it’s not going to work.”

      LOL…it already *has* worked Timmy…because it’s obvious. Mrs. Raimondo is trying to use this 38 Studios issue against the current RI Governor for pure political gain, and that charge isn’t going to stick because it’s silly, period.

      Stop living in a fantasy world Timmy…


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