If someone were to have told you 10 years ago that we might see musician Kid Rock become a United States senator, you probably would have laughed. Now that it could become reality, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is officially freaking out.
The Boston Herald reports that Senator Warren sent a fundraising email to her base with the subject line, “Senator Kid Rock (R-MI).” In the email, she wrote, “I know a lot of people are thinking: this is some sort of joke, right?” She continued, “Well, maybe this is all a joke — but we all thought Donald Trump was joking when he rode down the escalator at Trump Tower and announced his campaign, too.”
Kid Rock — whose real name is Robert James Ritchie — is a former rap-rock artist who earned fame in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. He is known for such hits as “Bawitdaba” and “Wasting Time.” He changed his style from rap-rock to country later in his career.
Last Wednesday, Ritchie announced on Twitter that he intends to run for the U.S. Senate in Michigan. While many have dismissed his announcement as a publicity stunt, people like Senator Warren aren’t taking that risk.
While the musician has not gone into detail about his political plans, he does seem serious. He recently launched a website for his campaign. Currently, the site does not contain much content, but it does link to his blog where it seems he will communicate his plans. Regarding his intention to run for the Senate, Kid Rock wrote, “It’s not a hoax.” He has not yet filed the appropriate paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission.
While Senator Warren seems to be concerned about a potential Kid Rock candidacy, others are more skeptical of Warren’s motives. According to The Boston Herald, Republican state Rep. Geoff Diehl, a state legislator planning to challenge Warren, wasn’t impressed with Warren’s fundraising pitch. He said, “She uses any and every issue, whether it’s a celebrity Republican or it’s Hillary Clinton, to try to scare her support base into giving her more money so that she can reach that main goal I believe of running for president … not of focusing on the concerns of her constituents in Massachusetts.”
If Ritchie does run, he would be aiming to defeat Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), who has served in the Senate since 2001. As everyone knows, attempting to unseat an incumbent politician is not easy — Ritchie will have an uphill battle ahead of him.
However, according to the former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, Saul Anuzis, we should take Ritchie seriously. He said, “He’s a big proponent of Detroit and somebody who’s put his money where his mouth is investing back home.”
It seems Anuzis already has some ideas on how to approach the campaign, “I do believe if he were to put together an anti-obstructionist, drain-the-swamp kind of message and could articulate four or five positions that drive people, he could potentially be a credible candidate.” Are we about to see a rock star become a United States senator? Only time will tell.