Kid Rock has revealed that he plans to run for U.S. Senate in 2018 in his home state of Michigan.
After his bid was first launched as a web site, KidRockForSenate.com, the musician tweeted: "I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real. The answer is an absolute YES." In a follow-up tweet, he added: "I will have a major announcement in the near future."
However, as CNN points out, 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.
When asked for further details by CNN, a publicist for Kid Rock said in an e-mail: "As of right now, please refer to https://www.facebook.com/kidrock/. More soon!"
Earlier this year, a Republican and Tea Party activist in Michigan suggested at the state party's convention that Kid Rock would make a good candidate to try and win a Senate seat in 2018 currently held by Democrat Debbie Stabenow. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Wes Nakagiri — the activist and now a member of the party's central committee — said that Rock "has name I.D., is an out-of-the-box idea, and would kind of get rid of that stodgy Republican image."
Nakagiri pointed to Donald Trump's presidential campaign as a "template" for a Kid Rock run, saying, "I'll bet you he would generate as much excitement as Trump did."
Nakagiri's comments were picked up by local affiliates for ABC and CBS, while national politics publication Roll Call published the story with the headline "Kid Rock Eyed as Potential Senate Candidate."'
Although Rock was a vocal supporter of Trump in 2016, he actively worked in 2012 for the campaign of then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Rock told The Pulse Of Radio after the campaign ended that he had no regrets about it. "It was a great experience," he said. "I learned a lot about just that whole poop show behind the political window. [Laughs] Never my intention to go out and preach politics to people. I always said during these rallies and stuff that I'd leave that to the pros. But it was pretty interesting overall. We had some fun doing it, man — a lot of it was just like paid rehearsals."
Kid Rock and fellow Detroit-bred rocker Ted Nugent got to spend some time in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump on April 19. They were joined by Sarah Palin, the former Alaskan governor and GOP vice presidential nominee, who posted photos of the visit on social media the following morning.
Stay tuned, I will have a major announcement in the near future - Kid Rock— Kid Rock (@KidRock) July 12, 2017