February 15, 2017


Kid Rock Discussed as Michigan Republicans' Next U.S. Senate Candidate


Is Kid Rock the next candidate in a storied line of American celebrity politicians? The Detroit Free Press reported that the Michigan Republican Party’s recent state convention delved into how the G.O.P. could take over the U.S. Senate spot after nearly 20 years of it being held by Democrat Debbie Stabenow. And evidently someone floated the idea of "Picture" singer Kid Rock, saying he "has name I.D., is an out-of-the-box idea, and would kind of get rid of that stodgy Republican image." 

Sounds familiar. The person who brought up Kid Rock—born Bob Ritchie—was a Tea Party guy named Wes Nakagiri, who the Free Press says “was elected to the party's central committee Friday night.”

At this convention, the exiting Republican Party chairwoman, Ronna Romney McDaniel (Mitt’s niece), said in remarks to the roughly 3,000 attendees, “Together, we are going to make America great again.” 

Ron Weiser, the new chairman, told the Free Press, "We have to find a candidate for the Senate. Hopefully, someone will step forward." He would not reveal who he’s spoken to so far

In the last two presidential elections, Kid Rock has endorsed Mitt Romney and Donald Trump. In the 2012 video interview below, he told Fuse:

“There are some values that this country, that we were founded on, that seems like people are trying to push ‘em out the door. That’s not gonna go over well. That’s how revolutions start. Whew.”

Watch the full clip; the "Badwitdaba" singer also told us why performing at the RNC was “not the coolest gig”: