Kid Rock posted a statement to his website Thursday in which he insisted that his Senate run for Michigan was not a publicity stunt, but a real campaign.
After Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, tweeted a picture of a campaign sign and said his campaign website was real, several media outlets pointed out that he was not formally registered to run in the Republican primary.
“Once again the press is wrong,” Ritchie wrote in the statement, noting that he has 15 days to file paperwork after his initial announcement. He also said he had made deals with BMG, Broken Bow, CAA, and Live Nation to release music on his own terms for the campaign.
His statement was also peppered with foul language typical of his music and public career. Ritchie made it clear he would not be a normal politician, but would be “a voice for tax paying, hardworking AMERICANS.”
Ritchie, 46, has been an open supporter of President Donald Trump and hopes to ride a wave of GOP support into office as a nontraditional politician like Trump did in the 2016 presidential election.
According to Billboard, Ritchie’s likely opponent, long-time incumbent Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow referred to Ritchie’s intended candidacy in a Wednesday fundraising email, saying, “We don’t know if this is real or a publicity stunt, but after Donald Trump’s surprising win last year, we need to act fast.”
She also tweeted about the rock star.
I know we both share a love of music. I concede he’s better at playing guitar and I’ll keep doing what I do best: fighting for Michigan. https://t.co/CUaGqPu7AB
— Debbie Stabenow (@stabenow) July 12, 2017
Although more than 700 people liked the tweet, she did get comments from a few detractors.
You still aren’t doing a great job at what you do best lol
— 20_Savage (@AaronSmith_1997) July 13, 2017
You don’t fight for Michigan. You have delayed confirmation of the @POTUS nominees. Your distraction hinders health care and nat. security.
— mich_linux_guy (@mich_linux_guy) July 14, 2017
Probably a good time to start working on your concession speech to @KidRock
— jason parsons (@igowhrudont) July 14, 2017