Singer Kid Rock to Run For U.S. Senate?
Musician Kid Rock on Wednesday has become the latest “Rock” celebrity to express interest in jumping into politics.
“I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real… http://kidrockforsenate.com The answer is an absolute YES,” he tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
In a follow-up tweet, the 46-year-old Michigan native added: “I will have a major announcement in the near future.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, there appears to be no Federal Election Committee records filed under “Kid Rock” or his legal name Robert James Ritchie or Robert Ritchie.
Judith Ingram, a spokeswoman for the FEC, confirmed to CNN that the FEC has not seen a filing under Kid Rock yet, but suggested checking back Thursday morning. She also said a filing like this “would first go to the Secretary of the Senate, which is the entry point for Senate filings.” A call to the Secretary of Senate’s office was not immediately returned.
The website Kid Rock referred to in his tweet features a photo of the musician — sporting a hat, aviator sunglasses and a leather jacket — next to a stuffed moose, sitting on a blue chair (decorated with stars).
….When asked for further details by CNN, a publicist for Kid Rock said in an email: “As of right now, please refer to https://www.facebook.com/kidrock/. More soon!”
August 4, 2017 update
Early polling shows Rock is dominating the Republican primary field and is competitive with Stabenow.
Kid Rock, 46, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, leads Stabenow 48.6% to 46.1% in a hypothetical matchup, according to a survey of 1,078 likely voters released Friday by the Trafalgar Group, which predicted Trump’s upset victory in Michigan last November.
Another survey of 800 likely voters — conducted by the independent polling firm Target-Insyght and released exclusively to the Los Angeles Times — shows Kid Rock leading the next-closest candidate in the GOP primary field by 17% and trailing Stabenow 50% to 42%.
WASHINGTON —Kid Rock, the rock-rapper and outspoken Donald Trump supporter, tops the field Republican field in a new Michigan Senate poll, but trails Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
Considering Rock, or Robert Ritchie as he was born, hasn’t yet declared his candidacy in the race, Stabenow’s 8-point lead in a hypothetical matchup will likely add fuel to his possible candidacy. In a hypothetical Republican primary matchup, he polled at 33 percent support compared with his closest rival, businessman and veteran John James, who had 16 percent.
“He [Kid Rock] was invited to help Trump in Michigan during the election, but declined because he was too busy. He did support Trump, he just didn’t have time to come to his rallies.”
“The GOP had a meeting right after the election. They examined the system by which we discarded the toxic, reliably blue state cloak. They all said, did you see what Nugent said and how he said it? Did you see how passionate, articulate and fiery he was? They said we need to capitalize on that focus and fire and remember how we Trumped Michigan. Well, they threw around that I should run for Governor or Senate, but I’m not a resident of Michigan anymore.”
Nugent, who now lives in Texas, spends a lot of time in Michigan during hunting season.
“Someone in the room then just pulled out of their ass, well what about Kid Rock? That was it! That’s how it started! They went from what about Kid Rock, to Kid Rock’s running for Senate. Meanwhile, Kid Rock howled and laughed the whole time. He never considered running for Senate or public office.”
“Kid Rock will not go to the office everyday. That is a manifestation of the outrageous disconnect of the GOP. That it went from a random what about so and so, to so and so’s running, without calling so and so. How irresponsible.
How unprofessional. How counterproductive. How blind to the system by which we got Trump elected in Michigan.”
September 2017 update
Kid Rock slammed on Friday a left-leaning watchdog group’s claim that he has violated federal election law by acting like a Senate candidate, while failing to register his candidacy or comply with campaign contribution rules.
“I am starting to see reports from the misinformed press and the fake news on how I am in violation of breaking campaign law,” the Michigan native, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, wrote on his website.
He continued, “#1 I have still not announced my candidacy. #2 See #1 and go f— yourselves.”
The musician, 46, has teased a possible GOP challenge to Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
by F. Springer
Kid Rock has been selected as the first performer to open the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit next week with a string of concerts, but local civil rights groups are trying to put a stop to it over race.
Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, is a Michigan native and an active philanthropist in the predominately black Detroit area.
Despite that, several local civil rights groups are protesting the choice of selecting Kid Rock to open up the brand new Detroit arena because he has a predominately white fan base and has displayed the Confederate flag at his shows.
Peter Hammer of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Detroit’s Wayne State University called the move to select Kid Rock to open the arena as “incredibly tone deaf,” the Associated Press reports.
“Everything is different post-Charlottesville,” Hammer said, referencing the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last month.
“These are moments where you have to act as a matter of character and state what your values are,” Hammer added. “Everything now is becoming symbolic. That means we have to choose our symbols carefully.”
Rev. Charles Williams II, president of the National Action Network’s Detroit chapter, took it a step further, attacking the singer and his fan base.
“This is the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Rev. Williams said. “When you hire Kid Rock, who is known to be dog-whistling and cat-calling to white supremacist organizations and the white supremacist community, alt-right, whatever you want to call them, and you take our tax dollars to do that? That’s wrong.”
Back in 2011, the Detroit chapter of the NAACP gave Kid Rock an award for his work in the community, which is roughly 80 percent African American.
“I love America. I love Detroit, and I love black people,” the musician said while accepting the award. He also responded to criticism of him displaying the Confederate flag which he said he’s “never flown” with “any hate in [his] heart,” before announcing a $50,000 donation from his foundation to Detroit recreation centers.