Kid Rock performs at Wynn Las Vegas on December 2, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Kid Rock for Senate?
This sounds as good an idea as fusing rap and metal into a musical genre … oh, wait.
A website popped up Wednesday seemingly hinting that the “All Summer Long” and “Picture” hit maker is gearing up for a 2018 Senatorial run. The website’s All-American image features Kid Rock sitting on a blue, star-dotted chair and behind him are a stuffed deer, a framed picture of George Washington and a window shade with a “Made in Detroit” emblem. (Noticeably missing is the Confederate flag that the native Michigander loves to wave.)
Scroll down the page and you’ll find flashing slogans in blue or red: “In Rock We Trust,” “Party to the People,” “Born Free” and “I’ll Rock the Party.” There was also “Pimp of the Nation,” which was rumored to be Dwight D. Eisenhower’s slogan of choice before he pivoted last-minute and went with “I Like Ike.”
So is Kid Rock, a.k.a. Robert James Ritchie, really throwing his hat in the political ring?
“I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is for real… kidrockforsenate.com,” he tweeted. “The answer is an absolute YES.”
I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real… https://t.co/RRVgISDFeq The answer is an absolute YES. pic.twitter.com/uYCUg6mjW1
And then he left hanging the American public, which hasn’t been this confused since Kid Rock sang/rapped about “Bawitdaba,” with this follow-up tweet:
“Stay tuned, I will have a major announcement in the near future”
Stay tuned, I will have a major announcement in the near future – Kid Rock
That major announcement could be a drop date for his latest album. As some have noted, the website’s “Buy Now” button links to a Warner Bros. merchandise page hawking Kid Rock for U.S. Senate t-shirts, hats, yard signs and bumper stickers.
CNN notes that as of Wednesday Kid Rock had not filed records with the Federal Election Committee.
Michigan Republicans, however, have thrown around Kid Rock’s name as a possible challenger to Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2018.
A Tea Party activist from the state also believes the musician could generate as much excitement as fellow celebrity Donald Trump did during his 2016 presidential campaign.
Kid Rock “has name I.D., is an out-of-the-box idea, and would kind of get rid of that stodgy Republican image,” Wes Nakagiri told the Detroit Free Press earlier this year.
Kid Rock backed Trump during the 2016 campaign. In April, he, fellow rocker Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin paid Trump a visit in the White House.