Kid Rock very well may soon be officially known as The Honorable Mr. Kid Rock. Well, not really. Uh… but kinda sorta.
Nonetheless, the man born Robert James Ritchie has announced that the openly pro-Trump rocker will be running to unseat the twice-elected US senator from The Wolverine State, Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).
After months of whispers and rumors coming out of the Michigan Republican Party that Ritchie was at least contemplating a run for the senate, those same whispers and rumors can now be put to bed.
And in true Kid Rock fashion, the 46-year-old native Michigander made clear exactly why he’s making a run for the upper chamber of the US Congress;
“Senator Stabenow and I do share a love of music, although probably not the same kind. I concede she is better at playing politics than I am so I’ll keep doing what I do best, which is being a voice for tax paying, hardworking AMERICANS and letting politicians like her know that We the People are sick and tired of their bullsh*t!”
As reported by Jerome Hudson of the Breitbart.com news service;
Musician Kid Rock appeared to confirm his run for the U.S. Senate in his home state of Michigan Thursday with a fiery Facebook message in which he blasted the media for “once again” being “wrong” about his potential candidacy and took a shot at incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
Rock had hinted at a potential run for Senate on Wednesday with the launch of a campaign website, KidRockForSenate.com. But some media outlets speculated that the website was a publicity stunt, as the only links on the site were to an online merchandise store with Rock-branded apparel run by Warner Bros. Records.
“Once again the press is wrong,” Rock wrote in Facebook post Thursday. “First of all, I’ve got 15 days from my announcement to file paperwork with the FEC! Second, I’m not signed to Warner Bros!!! – which simple fact-checking would have revealed.”
Love us if you can, sorry if you can’t. pic.twitter.com/HAB3PJEipd
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) July 10, 2017
Rock also addressed his would-be political opponent, longtime Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), saying that while she plays politics, he will be “a voice for tax paying, hardworking AMERICANS.”
Rock — real name Robert James Ritchie — had been floated as a possible Senate candidate in Michigan during the state’s Republican Party convention in February. He has previously described his political views as “more libertarian,” but he supported Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012, and Donald Trump’s in 2016.
As it turns out, the elites from Manhattan’s Upper East Side are reacting predictably.
The uber-snooty The New Yorker magazine ran a hit piece with the headline “Kid Rock’s Senate Run Is a Terrifying New Normal”
Who new that a self-made man running for public office could ever be qualified as “terrifying”?
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) July 12, 2017
With no overt signs of a patriotism-heavy background or particular affinity for the Armed Forces, with the sudden fame of Kid Rock came with it a conspicuous love for both country and those in uniform.
And Ritchie hasn’t exactly been shy when it comes to showing his love for both.
Politically, Ritchie as described himself as somewhere between a Libertarian and a Republican. He personally appeared at pro-Mitt Romney rallies in 2012, and during the 2016 election cycle, before publicly endorsing Trump, he was on-board with the Dr. Ben Carson for President campaign.
During the course of his 27-year music career, the Hip-Hop/Rapper/Rocker/Country crooner has shown either he’s personally good when it comes to managing his money and he has the wisdom to hire trustworthy individuals to do that for him.
Either way, he reportedly has amassed a fortune of $80 million.
Ever the capitalist, Ritchie’s website not only sells vinyl records, clothing, various alcohol imbibing paraphernalia, beach gear, Christmas ornaments, flags, to even his hardcover collector’s edition book entitled “I’m Kid Rock, What’s Your Excuse?”
In regards to a certain ex-NFL player who takes a knee when the National Anthem is played, but has done precious little to put his money where his mouth is, Ritchie has quite the philanthropic streak.
He’s founded The Kid Rock Foundation which has as its mission statement;
I can’t stop the war, shelter homeless, feed the poor. I can’t walk on water. Can’t save your sons and daughters. I can’t change the world to make things fair. This is the least that I can do. The Kid Rock Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit raising funds for and awareness of local and regional charities helping disadvantaged children, victims of war and natural disasters, and those suffering from illness.
It’s also cited;
Rock donated $10,000 to a Boy Scout troop in Florida, to replace camping equipment which had been stolen from behind a church.
Having made his mark on the world of music with over 25 million records sold, he now embraces the opportunity to act as a community leader. Kid Rock is a supporter of the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit; Youthville Detroit; Friends of Belle Isle; Made in Detroit Endowed Scholarship; The Rainbow Connection, among many other charities.
Furthermore, Ritchie has donated thousands to the following charities:
For those that still fret that Ritchie has no real public service under his belt, there is WMMQ radio citing MLive.com’s report that he’s been “listed as a reserve police officer for the department in Oakley, MI.”
For the uber-stubborn that still question Ritchie’s bona fides for membership to the upper chamber of Congress, keep in mind that this yutz is the junior US Senator from Minnesota.