Will he run or wont he?
Musician Kid Rock, right, stands with Christopher Ilitch, president and chief executive officer for Ilitch Holdings Inc., during a press conference at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Detroit native and musician Kid Rock will open the $635 million venue in September with four scheduled shows. Photographer: Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg
While there has been no official statement or filing, and Kid Rock surely is focused on opening Little Caesars Arena next month, the Son of Detroit has stoked interest that he may run to become Michigans next Senator. And if its all just taking advantage of a rumor, hes doing it big having created a campaign website with merch and plenty of lyrics turned into campaign slogans (Get in the Senate and try to help someone!).
Is it a long shot? Maybe, but polls show if he were to enter the race as a Republican he may do so with a small lead.
Michigans last Republican in the Senate was Spencer Abraham, who served one term from 1995-2001, and he has been the only one since the 1970s.
Kid Rocks opponent, Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow, appears to take the race seriously, adding fuel to those wanting to see Ritchie run.
And while Im certainly not an expert at campaigning something I never understood is why more celebrities arent recruited to run on single issues and quit once in office similar to Howard Sterns run for governor, for example it seems if Kid Rock wanted to recreate President Trumps success in Michigan he needs a few strong policy items that would resonate with Michiganders.
As an entertainer and successful business owner he has plenty of experience with business regulation and our tax system, and I would expect something there. The second amendment, immigration, manufacturing, and tax reform seem too obvious to drive enthusiasm and provide a reason to get out and vote.