Kid Rock Might Be Running for Senate
Tweets suggest the singer is the latest celebrity to be inspired by the presidency of Donald Trump
Rocker and Trump-supporter Kid Rock may have announced a run for U.S. Senate Wednesday night on Twitter.
The 46-year-old singer tweeted an image of a sign reading “Kid Rock for US Senate” and stated that a campaign website he’d been asked about was, in fact, real. He then followed up with a tweet saying he would make a “major announcement” very soon.
Merchandise is available at the website to which Rock linked, but it's connected to Warner Brothers Records — which raises red flags about how serious the singer is. Thus far, the Federal Election Commission has said it has no paperwork filed for such a campaign.
However, it's all entirely within the realm of possibility. The Michigan Republican Party hinted it wants Kid Rock to run for the Senate in 2018 against Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). Wes Nakagiri, a Tea Party activist from Livingston County, Michigan, who was elected to the Republicans' central committee in February, told the Detroit Free Press about Rock running for the Senate earlier this year: "I'll bet you he would generate as much excitement as Trump did."
Sarah Anderson, the Michigan GOP press officer, also told Fox News in February it would be "awesome" if Rock decided to eventually run for office.
Rock — whose real name is Robert James Ritchie — was born in Romeo, Michigan, and has sung often about his love for the city of Detroit.
Along with Ted Nugent and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Kid Rock was photographed visiting President Trump at the White House in April. He also performed at the last Republican National Convention.
If Kid Rock does decide to run for Senate, he'd be only the latest Trump-supporting celebrity inspired to attempt to hold public office. Actor Antonio Sabato Jr., who also spoke at the RNC, already announced a run for Congress in California; and actor and former wrestler Glenn Jacobs is running for mayor of Knox County, Tennessee.
Rock has said he is a conservative when it comes to defense and fiscal issues, but on social issues it's a different story.
"I am definitely a Republican on fiscal issues and the military, but I lean to the middle on social issues. I am no fan of abortion, but it's not up to a man to tell a woman what to do. As an ordained minister, I don't look forward to marrying gay people, but I'm not opposed to it," he told The Guardian in 2015.
Sen. Stabenow has held her Senate seat since 2000, and Rock would be the first Republican to hold that seat since 1998 should he be serious about running and then actually win.