Democrats Not Taking Kid Rock Senate Run Lightly

Schumer: 'We can't afford to take this tweet as a joke'
By Gina Carey,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2017 4:40 PM CDT
Kid Rock Blasts Stabenow, Announces Senate Run
Kid Rock performs before the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway.   (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Kid Rock has announced on Twitter that he’ll be throwing his fedora in the ring for Michigan’s 2018 senate seat. While some find his bid to be “pimp of the nation” humorous, Democrats are not discounting the rocker. CNN reports that Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer contacted supporters in an effort to raise money that would be split with Debbie Stabenow, the Michigan senator up for reelection. “I'll be honest,” Sen. Schumer wrote, “we don't know if this is real, a joke, or a bizarre publicity stunt. But I'll tell you this: I don't find it funny." Schumer added that in the Trump era, “We can't afford to take this tweet as a joke.” Warren also warned against dismissing Kid Rock's potential bid.

“We all thought Donald Trump was joking when he rode down the escalator at Trump Tower and announced his campaign, too,” she wrote. Per Michigan Radio, Stabenow’s campaign also referenced Trump in an email to supporters, saying that after his “surprising” win, “we need to act fast.” The senator, who plays guitar, tweeted an article about Kid Rock’s bid with the words, “I know we both share a love of music. I concede he's better at playing guitar and I'll keep doing what I do best: fighting for Michigan.” Kid Rock’s response? “I concede she is better at playing politics than I am so I'll keep doing what I do best, which is being a voice for tax paying, hardworking AMERICANS and letting politicians like her know that We the People are sick and tired of their bulls***!” The musician hasn't yet filed paperwork with the FEC to run, but says he will. (More Kid Rock stories.)

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