Kid Rock has launched a voter registration drive ahead of a possible run for the U.S. Senate in Michigan next year, but at least one of his associates believes the musician could “very well win” if or when he officially throws his hat in the ring.
In an interview with Billboard, Kid Rock keyboardist Jimmie Bones said his bandmate has a good shot at defeating incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) when he decides to officially enter the race.
“Y’know what? That f*cker could win, that’s what I think,” Bones told the outlet. “He could very well pull this off. A lot of people thought Trump couldn’t win and was just a joke, and lo and behold here we are. In Michigan…[Rock] could very well win.”
Bones — who releases his first solo album, Snakebit and Wandering, this month — also jokingly volunteered to serve as Senator Rock’s “Secretary of Useless Information.”
While Rock has not yet officially filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission, early hypothetical polling in Michigan shows the Romeo, Michigan native with a slight lead over Stabenow, who has served in the Senate since 2000, and with a double-digit lead over his closest Republican rivals.
In a post to his social media accounts last week, Rock — real name Robert James Ritchie — said he was “beyond overwhelmed” by the response he received towards his possible campaign, but said he would launch a voter registration effort at his own concerts this fall before deciding upon further action.
“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 jackass lawyers who call themselves politicians,” the 46-year-old “Born Free” singer wrote.
Stabenow, for her part, has already seized upon Rock’s possible candidacy as a fundraising tool. The incumbent Democrat sent out a joint fundraising email with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in July, warning Michigan Democrats to take Rock’s potential run seriously.
Meanwhile, the musician has been sharing brief thoughts on policy on his social media accounts. Rock also launched a campaign website, kidrockforsenate.com, that sells branded gear including t-shirts and baseball caps.
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