Anyone who has endured an even momentary glance at the Senate proceedings broadcast on C-Span can attest to their profoundly soporific effect, but for those hoping to spice up the legislative branch with monster trucks and wet T-shirt contests — bad news! Recording artist Kid Rock has decided not to run for Senate.
In an interview with Howard Stern, Rock, real name Robert Ritchie, mocked those who took the publicity stunt for his new album seriously. Later, Ritchie took aim at The New York Times after Stern hailed the paper and other journalistic institutions as cornerstones of our society. “It’s a little bit gay,” Ritchie said, “they have a narrative of a left-wing agenda.”
Ritchie has never been shy about his use of the term "gay" as a pejorative. In a 2015 interview with The Guardian he said "If someone says you can’t say ‘gay’ like that you tell them to go f--- themselves. You’re not going to get anything politically correct out of me.”
We really could have used another REAL AMERICAN in congress.— USA Symbols 🇺🇸 (@USAsymbols) October 24, 2017
Rip kid rock. Having him in office would've been funny.— Wisconsin Cyberbully (@WCyberbully) October 25, 2017
We won't be buying anything of yours after your statements about those who supported U 4 a Senate run, BC we thought you cared 4 this nation— ASF Wilson (@Abyssdreamr) October 25, 2017
Kid Rock will not run for senate which must come as a huge relief to democratic hopeful Kid Scissors— Matt 🎃swalt (@MattOswaltVA) October 24, 2017
Although many believed Kid Rock's campaign was an obvious stunt it didn't stop his would be opponent, Sen. Debbie Stabenow from taking him very seriously. In July Stabenow's campaign sent out a fundraising email.
“This afternoon, Kid Rock tweeted out that he was going to have a big announcement and hinted that he was going to challenge me for the U.S. Senate, we don’t know if this is real or just a publicity stunt but after Donald Trump’s surprising win last year, we need to act fast.”
While Kid Rock's announcement that he won't be running might be a relief for Sen. Stabenow it may leave the Republicans who backed him with egg on their face. Those eager to back Kid Rock were likely hoping to capitalize on any perceived momentum following Hillary Clinton's surprising loss of Michigan in the 2016 Presidential election, however their hopes may have been as flimsy as Kid Rock's campaign. An early Market Research Group poll released in July showed Sen Stabenow leading the hypothetical match-up 52 to 34 percent.