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Kid Rock Still Hasn’t Actually Committed to a Senate Run

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: Kid Rock joins Charlie Worsham during Charlie Worsham's Midnight Jam - Day 3 on June 10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images,)

Another day, another strongly worded statement from Kid Rock about the run for the U.S. Senate he’s supposedly making next year. The latest missive, published on his website last night, takes the media to task for speculating that his campaign is “a ploy to sell shirts or promote something” and asserts that the Democrats are  “‘shattin’ in their pantaloons’ right now.” What it doesn’t do is assert without qualification that the musician and sex tape star born Robert Ritchie is actually going to run.

The two takeaways from this statement that we didn’t get from the last one are that Ritchie plans to start a nonprofit to encourage voter registration (not very Republican of him), and that he plans to hold a press conference in about six weeks. Other than that, it’s all bluster. When he does mention running, there’s a distinct “if” attached.

When my name was thrown out there for US Senate I decided to launch I was beyond overwhelmed with the response I received from community leaders, D.C. pundits, and blue-collar folks that are just simply tired of the extreme left and right bullshit. As part of the excitement surrounding this possible campaign, I decided 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. 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.

During this time while exploring my candidacy for US Senate, I am creating a 501(c)(4) – a non-profit organization for the promotion of voter registration. Not only can I raise money for this critical cause, but I can help get people registered to vote at my shows. Since the announcement, the media has speculated this was a ploy to sell shirts or promote something. 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 bullshit about it). But either way, money raised at this time through the sale of merchandise associated with this very possible campaign will go towards our ‘register to vote’ efforts.

One thing is for sure though…The democrats are ‘shattin’ in their pantaloons’ right now…and rightfully so!

We will be scheduling a press conference in the next 6 weeks or so to address this issue amongst others, and if I decide to throw my hat in the ring for US Senate, believe me… it’s game on mthrfkers. — Kid Rock

If Rock really does run for one of Michigan’s Senate seats next year, he’s got a good chance of winning the Republican nomination against what is generally seen as a pretty weak field of competitors. Whether he could beat the Democratic incumbent, Senator Debbie Stabenow, is another story, though a recent Delphi Analytica poll has him four points ahead in a hypothetical matchup. As of Thursday morning, he still has not filed any paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, which he’ll need to do to make his candidacy official.