Can Robert James Ritchie, better known as Kid Rock, be all of the following: an ordained minister; the star of a sex tape; an 8-time convict; a music star; and now, a US Senator? Some are trickier to answer than others, so let's get the easy ones out of the way. The sex tape happened, as did his 8 visits to prison, and his music career began with an attempt to be a rap star. He eventually gained success in the rap rock genre. Now as for being an ordained minister and a senator, you're just going to have to keep reading.
Is Kid Rock An Ordained Minister?
Kid Rock is indeed an ordained minister. The rock star has married people across Texas and Detroit. He does, however, have one concern – marrying gay people. He says it worries him but that he's not opposed to it. Other well-known ordained ministers (surprisingly) include Omarosa, Lady Gaga, Kris Jenner, Kathy Griffin and Hugh Hefner. With some spare time on your hands and the correct website, you could become one too.
Is Kid Rock Running For Senate?
The Michigan seat is up for election in 2018, and Democrat Debbie Stabenow might be facing Kid Rock in this terms election. The site kidrockforsenate.com has been gaining attention, and upon further investigation it does indeed look as though Rock will run for senate. The landing page hosts a picture of Kid Rock behind a big pair of shades with a taxidermied deer in the background that looks as frightened as the people of Michigan. There is also 'Kid Rock for US Senate' merch available on the site and flashing banners with text such us "Welcome to the Party" and "Pimp of the Nation." In a Tweet by Rock, he describes the numerous queries he's received about whether or not it's real, and states that "the answer is an absolute YES."
All this went down, shortly after posting this:
One would think that a Tweet with offensively-poor grammar and one confirming Michigan senatorship are mutually exclusive. The current US political situation seems to allow them to exist side by side just fine. #Covfefe
Is Kid Rock a Republican?
Kid Rock does indeed identify as a Republican. He did, however, perform at Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration. Following that, Rock has been cited in The Guardian, complaining about what he perceived as a lack of effort from Obama to fulfill his campaign's promises. In that same interview, held in 2015, he said "I am definitely a Republican on fiscal issues and the military, but I lean to the middle on social issues." He then also said "I don’t smoke much weed, it makes me dumb. But they should legalize and tax everything: pot, cocaine, heroin."
Sometimes an interview has so many golden nuggets that it's hard not to keep referring back to it. Such is the case with the The Guardian's 2015 interview in which Rock also says "I don’t FaceTweet or whatever people do. I understand that I’m the old guy now. I turn on my computer and look at porn a little bit, see what’s going on in the news, but that’s about it." This is pretty evident in his latest Tweet, where he signs off as himself.
While all this is no doubt exciting, CNN has reported that "there appears to be no Federal Election Committee records filed under "Kid Rock" or his legal name Robert James Ritchie or Robert Ritchie"
Just for lols, here's a video of Kid Rock performing his hit "Cowboy."
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