Kid Rock Announces Voter Registration Non-Profit, Says People Are ‘Tired of the Extreme Left and Right Bulls–t’
One day after tweeting that he was leading a poll for Michigan’s senate race, Kid Rock has released an expansive statement regarding his political aspirations for the 2018 contest but hasn't committed to throwing his fedora in the ring.
"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 bulls--t," says Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie. His main goal - at least at this juncture - isn't to officially announce his candidacy, but rather get out the vote by launching a non-profit organization to encourage voter registration.
"Not only can I raise money for this critical cause, but I can help get people registered to vote at my shows," he says, adding that he fully intends to use the "media circus" since he announced his bid to run to sell and promote whatever he wants. "Many other politicians are doing the same thing, they just feed you a bunch of bulls--t about it."
Rock, who considers himself a Libertarian but has been vocal in supporting President Donald Trump, didn't offer up any additional information regarding his intentions to make a play for the senate seat, but says he will hold a press conference in the coming weeks to address that, along with other issues. The full statement can be read below.
When my name was thrown out there for US Senate I decided to launch kidrockforsenate.com. 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 bulls--t. 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 bulls--t 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
Since the talk of Rock's Senate campaign began, he's released two new videos for "Po-Dunk" and "Greatest Show on Earth," and has been selling "senate" swag via his website.
The campaign has caught the attention of several seasoned politicians. Former New York Governor George Pataki called Rock "exactly the kind of candidate the GOP needs right now," while former presidential candidate Herman Cain had an opposite reaction, stating that he thought the campaign was "just a joke." Senator Elizabeth Warren was also quoted in an interview as stating, “Well, maybe this is all a joke — but we all thought Donald Trump was joking when he rode down the escalator at Trump Tower and announced his campaign, too. And sure, maybe this is just a marketing gimmick for a new album or tour — but we all thought Donald Trump was just promoting his reality TV show, too.”
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