At a Michigan Republican Party convention last weekend, rumors began to circulate that musician Kid Rock could be considered as the next Republican to run for a Michigan Senate seat.
According to Roll Call, Kid Rock– whose real name is Robert James Ritchie– is being eyed as a possible opponent of the incumbent, Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow. However, no official decision has been made.
While Stabenow has held a seat in the Senate since 2000, and although Michigan tends to be a blue state, President Trump won it over in the 2016 election.
In the same form, Kid Rock has said he leans “more libertarian,” but has supported Republican candidates in the past, such as Mitt Romney and then-candidate Trump.
In fact, the singer even offered Trump merchandise on his own website during the 2016 election, selling shirts that read “God, Guns & Trump” and “Make America Badass Again” hats.
Of course, there are a number of individuals who run for Senate each election, but the potential candidacy from a well-liked celebrity–who in many ways supports the same views President Trump does– seems to be a very credible possibility.
In 2013, Kid Rock told Rolling Stone that he doesn’t necessarily believe in politics but rather in ideas:
“Look, I tend to vote Republican, but I don’t like the hardcore views on either side and I’m not in bed with anybody. I’d probably be more Libertarian, but I’m a firm believer you have to pick a side. I can’t be playing the middle. If you think differently, that’s fine. I’d love to grab a beer and hear why you think that way.”
In addition, he also spoke to Rolling Stone about the imbalance of wealth in the U.S., specifically when it comes to the music industry. The singer made it abundantly clear that he cares about the middle class far more than he does about maximizing his own wealth:
“Athletes and musicians make astronomical amounts of money. People get paid $100 million to throw a baseball! Shouldn’t we all take less and pass some of that money onto others? Think about firefighters, teachers and policemen. We should celebrate people that are intellectually smart and trying to make this world a better place.”
His point is arguably the same as one of Trump’s platforms during his candidacy: to fight for the forgotten class of the United States.
So, while some might scoff at Kid Rock’s potential senate candidacy, he clearly represents the same values that a lot of Americans voted for just a few months ago.