Robert “Kid Rock” Ritchie has made a final decision on whether or not he’ll be opposing Democrat Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in her attempt to win reelection to the Senate.
Popular musician Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, will not run for Senate in 2018, he said Tuesday after months of speculation from the country music singer.
Ritchie told “The Howard Stern” radio show that he will definitely not be running for Senate after being mostly silent for months.
“F— no I’m not running for Senate, are you f—ing kidding me? Who couldn’t figure that out?” So that settles that,” Ritchie told Stern, when asked if he would be running for U.S. Senate in Michigan.
This is a sad day for us at Constitution.com. Just the thought of the possibility of Senator Kid Rock (R-MI) was beginning to excite us. I mean, can you imagine the headlines that would be generated from his first speech from the Senate floor? Or, what would he wear the first time he rose to speak on the Senate floor? Would he look something like this?
Now, we’ll never know.
Instead, we’ll likely see some staid, politically correct, and not-as-fun Republican challenge Stabenow’s reelection.
But there is a silver lining. Kid Rock’s decision to drop out probably gives the GOP a better chance at unseating Stabenow, because as fun as a Senator Kid Rock would be, it’s just not likely that voters in Michigan would be willing to vote for such an out of the box candidate.
There are currently two declared candidates and one more high-profile name considering a run against Stabenow.
Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. and Iraq War veteran John James are the only two remaining candidates in the GOP Senate primary field right now…
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the longtime congressman and former chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, is reportedly weighing a bid.
Both James and Young are also African-American and have voiced support for President Trump and his agenda. Sadly, while either man would make a far superior Senator to Stabenow, neither has been able to raise much money for the campaign fight. Upton on the other hand is a very popular figure in Michigan and has a more consistent network of supporters from which to draw upon when fundraising.
No matter which candidate rises to the top, we need GOP donors wake up and send in their money… because Michigan is a prime target for the GOP in their efforts to pick up another Senate seat.