Kid Rock is promising to rock the Republican party — in the U.S. Senate.
The musician on Wednesday launched a website to promote his campaign to be a U.S. Senator representing his home state of Michigan, and no, it’s not a joke.
“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,” 46-year-old Kid Rock, né Robert James Ritchie, tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
Though his website does not yet tout his policy positions and ideas, it does feature a few slogans Michigan voters might soon see on yard signs, including, “I’ll Rock the Party”; “In Rock We Trust”; “Pimp of the Nation”; “Born Free”; “Party to the People”; “Welcome to the Party”; “You Never Met a Politician Quite Like Me”; and “Get in the Senate and Try to Help Someone.”
Should Kid Rock wind up on the ballot in November 2018, he will run against Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat who first won the seat in 2000. In a statement to EW, the senator said, “I know we both share a love of music. I concede he is better at playing the guitar, and I’ll keep doing what I do best, which is fighting for Michigan.”
With the news going viral Wednesday, political reporters began to ask if the rock star had filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission to run for office. “I’m not seeing any evidence that Kid Rock has filed with the FEC…” tweeted the Washington Post‘s Emily Heil.
New York Times reporter Sopan Deb’s attempt to get a straight answer from Kid Rock’s rep proved unsuccessful. “I asked a spokesperson for Kid Rock if the tweet was real. If he’d file with the FEC, etc. As of now, spox referred me Kid Rock’s FB,” she tweeted.
Tim Tagaris, the former digital fundraising director for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, tweeted that Kid Rock “must file w FEC within 15 days of receiving/spending $5k. Site + merch likely do it. Also, ‘© Kid Rock for US Senate 2018’ not ok disclaimer.”
A supporter of President Donald Trump, Kid Rock made headlines in April when he visited the Oval Office with Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent. According to Palin, the group dined with the president at the White House.
For more, visit Kid Rock’s new campaign website.