(WWJ) – Is Kid Rock is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Michigan? Maybe.
The Michigan-native musician, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, appeared to confirm long-running rumors and speculation in a tweet on Wednesday.
“I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real… http://kidrockforsenate.com The answer is an absolute YES.”
The 46-year-old singer, songwriter, rapper and producer later tweeted a follow-up teasing “a major announcement in the near future,” which promises to reveal more details.
Ritchie, who in the past has described himself as a Libertarian, and has often expressed right-leaning views. He strongly supported Donald Trump his 2016 presidential run, while Trump seems to have set the stage for more U.S. celebrities to seek high office.
Specifics about Richie’s platform on the issues remain unclear, as his campaign website is light on details at the moment.
A headline reads, “Are you scared?” Slogans flashing on the screen include: “In Rock we trust,” “I’ll rock the party,” “Pimp of the nation,” and “You’ve never met a politician quite like me.” T-shirts, signs, bumper stickers and hats are already available for purchase online.
If Richie were to win the primary in 2018, he’d face off against Democrat Debbie Stabenow, who has held the senate seat since 2000.
When asked about a Kid Rock challenge Stabenow replied:
“I know we both share a love of music. I concede he is better at playing the guitar and I’ll keep doing what I do best which is fighting for Michigan.”
Ritchie was born in Romeo, Michigan, moving to Mt. Clemens as a teen. He now owns two homes in Michigan, one in Detroit and another in Clarkston. He’s known for his signature mix of hip hop and rock, with hits including Born Free, Bawidaba, Cowboy, Picture and All Summer Long.