Kid Rock Remains Coy About Potential U.S. Senate Run, Launches Voter Registration Non-Profit
Kid Rock has still not officially confirmed or denied if he is running for U.S. Senate -- but he has announced that he's launching a voter registration non-profit. In a note posted to his official website on Thursday (July 26), Rock explains his plans for the organization, and promises an official announcement about his political aspirations soon.
The idea for a non-profit voter registration organization came, Rock explains in his note, after seeing the responses he's received to his potential run for U.S. Senate. Comments from "community leaders, DC pundits and blue-collar folks that are just simply tired of the extreme left and right bulls--t" have prompted Rock to "take a hard look to see if there was real support for me as a candidate and my message, or if it was just because it was a fresh new news story."
"The one thing I've seen over and over is that although people are unhappy with the government, too few are even registered to vote or do anything about it," Rock notes. "We have over a year left until an actual election, so my first order of business is to get people engaged and registered to vote while continuing to put out my ideas on ways to help working class people in Michigan and America all while still calling out these jacka-- lawyers who call themselves politicians."
Rock's 501(c)(4)-certified non-profit organization will promote voter registration by raising money for what he calls a "critical cause" and encouraging fans at his shows to register to vote. All of the money raised through merchandise sales on KidRockForSenate.com will go toward the efforts, Rock says.
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On July 12, Rock responded to fans inquiring about the validity of the Kid Rock for Senate website, stating that the site is real, and that he would have a “major announcement” coming soon. One day later, on July 13, Rock revealed his new label deal and his plans for new music and an upcoming tour, while still leaving the idea of a political campaign open.
"Since the announcement, the media has speculated this was a ploy to sell shirts or promote something," Rock writes in his newest note. "I can tell you, I have no problem selling Kid Rock shirts and yes, I absolutely will use this media circus to sell / promote whatever I damn well please (many other politicians are doing the same thing, they just feed you a bunch of bulls--t about it)."
To conclude, Rock promises a press conference, which will occur "in the next six weeks or so," to address lingering questions. He cautions, "if I decide to throw my hat in the ring for U.S. Senate, believe me … it’s game on mthrfkers."
The idea of Rock running for Senate isn’t entirely out of the blue: In February, the Republican Party of Michigan mentioned Rock as a potential candidate during their convention. If it’s true, Rock will be running against incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow; on Twitter, she has acknowledged the rumor, saying, “I know we both share a love of music. I concede he’s better at playing guitar …”
In late 2016, Rock began selling a line of merchandise in support of Trump’s then-recent election victory. He was recently invited to dinner at the White House, along with Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent, Nugent’s wife Shemane and Rock’s fiancee Audrey.
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