Republicans are looking to mount a serious election victory in Michigan in 2018. In the Senate, Democrats need to defend ten seats in states that President Trump beat Hillary Clinton. To win in the Wolverine State, Republicans may be willing to gamble on another unorthodox celebrity.
Enter rock/country star Kid Rock. The singer’s name was thrown into the mix of potential Senate candidates in the 2018 Senate race in Michigan, according to Roll Call.
The musician, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, has been a well-known libertarian for years. He supported both Mitt Romney and Donald Trump in the 2012 and 2016 election, selling Trump gear like shirts that said “God, Guns, & Trump.”
According to The Detroit Free Press, Tea Party activists were the ones who suggested Ritchie at Saturday’s Republican state convention.
“(Ritchie) has name I.D., is an out-of-the-box idea, and would kind of get rid of that stodgy Republican image,” said Tea Party activist Wes Nakagiri.
The state’s current Senator Debbie Stabenow has been in office since 2000 and received nearly 59 percent of the vote in 2012. With Trump’s victory in 2016, Republicans are hopeful that they can retake the seat.