A former blue state Republican governor announced his support on Tuesday, as did a major GOP super PAC.
Is he or isn’t he? That is the question for Robert Richie, better known as Kid Rock, who is openly mulling a Senate campaign in his home state of Michigan.
Last month, Ritchie posted a message on a new website, KidRockForSenate.com, indicated he would make a decision about his political future within six weeks. If he ran, he would need to win a Republican primary in order to challenge incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).
But while he decides, Ritchie is racking up the endorsements. Earlier on Tuesday, former New York Gov. George Pataki tweeted his support:
— George E. Pataki (@GovernorPataki) August 15, 2017
The story shared by Pataki highlighted supportive comments from Steven Law, the former Mitch McConnell aide who runs the Senate Leadership Fund, a key GOP super PAC.
“We’d be actually very interested in his candidacy,” Law reportedly told C-SPAN last Friday. “I certainly wouldn’t count him out.”
“The truth of the matter is he’s done a lot in his home state, philanthropically,” Law said. “He’s a pretty smart guy smart, he thinks about policy and he is a shrewd businessman. He hasn’t stayed this long in the business he has been in by actually living the life that he looks like he lives on stage. I certainly wouldn’t count him out and we’d be pretty interested in his candidacy. If you are watching, Kid, we hope you run.”
At least one poll has shown Ritchie leading Stabenow, but within the margin of error.
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