Kid Rock is gaining some establishment GOP support for a Senate run.
Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC formed during the 2016 election that has Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s backing, expressed support Friday for Kid Rock taking on Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) in 2018.
“We’d be actually very interested in his candidacy,” Steven Law, the group’s president, said on C-SPAN on Friday. “I certainly wouldn’t count him out.”
In a poll conducted July 25-27 by Real Clear Politics, Kid Rock — whose real name is Robert Ritchie — trailed Stabenow by eight points, and Law said it is “not a bad place to start.” Although Kid Rock has not officially declared his candidacy, social media blew up when the musician linked kidrockforsenate.com from his official Twitter and tweeted campaign-related images: political stances, lawn signs and even apparel.
“I believe if you work your butt off and pay taxes, you should be able to easily understand and navigate the laws, tax codes, health care and anything else the government puts in place that affects us all,” one image read.
Kid Rock endorsed President Donald Trump in 2016 and Republican nominee Mitt Romney in 2012, and Law said the “superficial” idea of Kid Rock as an entertainer and as a “wild redneck” should not deter people from seriously considering his candidacy.
“The truth of the matter is that he’s done a lot in his home state philanthropically, he’s a pretty smart guy, he thinks about policy and he’s a shrewd businessman,” Law said. “If you’re watching, Kid, we hope you run.”