According to the Detroit Free Press, “Kid Rock’s make-believe Senate aspirations won’t land him in hot water after all.” The FEC has declined to charge Rock with federal campaign violations following the “Kid Rock For US Senate” promotional push. The 3-1 decision last week involved the FEC dismissing a complaint from the Common Cause watchdog group, which argued that the rapper fudged candidate registration and financial reporting rules.
Kid Rock admitted, “Fuck no I’m not running for Senate” on the Howard Stern Show. He continues, “Who couldn’t figure that out? I’m releasing a new album. I’m going on tour too. Are you fucking shitting me?” Rock just released his new album Sweet Southern Sugar. He claims the Senate idea, which he toyed with publicly for months, was a mixed blessing. “It’s the worst advice I ever gave myself, but it’s been the most creative thing I’ve ever done,” he said. “And I’ve gotten to see everyone’s true colors.”
Rock stirred a frenzy in summer 2017 with hints to displace U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. He touted a Kid Rock For Senate website, sold apparel with the slogan and inserted a fiery, R-rated stump speech into his concerts, where he took on “deadbeat dads,” national anthem protests and other hot-button topics.
Last summer, when Kid Rock unofficially announced his run for senate his fans at a Grand Rapids show in Michigan got more than they bargained for when he took the opportunity to make his first campaign speech, notably in front of a large banner that read “Kid Rock ’18 for Senate.”
Rock shared with his fans, “It seems the government wants to give everyone health insurance, but wants us all to pay. And to be very frank, I really don’t have a problem with that, since God has blessed me and made my pockets fat.” The aspiring Michigan state senator turned continued on with his inspirational speech. A full clip of the speech is below.
In September, an official complaint to the Federal Election Commission and Department of Justice, Common Cause claimed that Kid Rock confirmed his candidacy when he began confirming on Twitter that KidRockForSenate.com, a website curated to sell Kid Rock for senate merchandise, was real. “I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real…kidrockforsenate.com The answer is an absolute YES,” said the Tweet.