Kid Rock may be running for the United States Senate. A new website has popped up that shows a picture of Kid Rock sitting in an elegant chair next to a stuffed deer in what looks like an office designed for a politician. At the bottom of the page is a photo of official “Kid Rock For U.S. Senate” merchandise with a “buy now” button that leads to Kid Rock’s merchandise page for Warner Brothers Records. The page features shirts, hats, bumper stickers, and campaign placards with the phrase “Kid Rock for U.S. Senate.”
Kid Rock tweeted confirmation that the website is really his just a short while ago.
“I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real… kidrockforsenate.com The answer is an absolute YES,” Kid Rock wrote.
Kid Rock followed that with another tweet saying that he would make a major announcement in the near future.
While it’s entirely possible that this is a publicity stunt for a new album, Kid Rock did previously float the idea of a Senate run, so he could be serious. In the age of Donald Trump, anything is possible. Kid Rock, a vocal conservative, visited Donald Trump in the White House in April with fellow conservative rocker, Ted Nugent, and former Republican candidate for Vice President, Sarah Palin.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, hinted in February that he was interested in challenging Michigan Democratic Senator, Debbie Stabenow, for her Senate seat in 2018. Stabenow has held the seat since 2001.
While the Federal Election Commission does not list an official filing by Ritchie in its database, we are still a long way from the deadline. Kid Rock could be testing the waters to see if people take him seriously. Or, as mentioned before, this could be some kind of publicity stunt to sell records or concert tickets. The Kid Rock for Senate page calls him the “PIMP of the nation,” suggesting that the whole thing could be fun and games. Of course, not a lot of people took Donald Trump seriously in 2015 either.
Holler if you is, shut up if you ain’t. pic.twitter.com/2hYkFyQhuA— Kid Rock (@KidRock) July 12, 2017
According to Foreign Policy, Kid Rock once stated during an interview that one of his great fears is the United States turning into Europe, suggesting that if he does run, his campaign messaging will mirror the populist American nationalism of Trump’s campaign.
“It just reminds me of Europe,” Kid Rock said.
“I have nightmares that I’m going to wake up and everyone’s driving a Prius and living in a condo and we’re all getting health insurance.”
Kid Rock also would have some legal baggage in his past. He was arrested and charged in 2005 for assaulting a DJ at a Nashville strip club and in 2007, he was charged with battery for a brawl at a Waffle House. In the age of Trump, however, such incidents could be an asset.
We should know in the near future if Kid Rock is seriously making a run for the U.S. Senate in Michigan. Rock would likely face one or more Republicans in the primary who have a more serious, polished image.
Love us if you can, sorry if you can’t. pic.twitter.com/HAB3PJEipd— Kid Rock (@KidRock) July 10, 2017
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