Kid Rock running for Senate

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If the thought of Kid Rock occupying MI senator Debbie Stabenow's office terrifies you, here's some reassuring news from the eagle-eyed people at Crain's Detroit Business: Robert Ritchie, as the rap-rocker is actually known, hasn't filed any FEC paperwork yet for his self-proclaimed 2018 Senate run, but by sheer happenstance he has applied to trademark a restaurant called Kid Rock's Made in Detroit Bar & Grill.

When asked if the tweet and website was a real campaign announcement or a publicity stunt, a representative for Kid Rock just directed HuffPost to the artist's official Facebook page.

Still, Kid Rock insisted that his bid isn't a hoax, and he's still got time to file that all-important FEC paperwork.

In the short statement, Kid Rock outlines what he views as clear examples of "fake news"- claims that his Senate run can not be genuine because he hasn't yet filed his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission and that he is now signed with Warner Bros. He also said he had made deals with BMG, Broken Bow, CAA, and Live Nation to release music on his own terms for the campaign.

The post continued, "Senator Stabenow and I do share a love of music, although probably not the same kind".

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Stabenow, the 67-year-old senior senator from the Great Lake State, has been serving in the U.S. Senate since 2001 ― which is to say, the same year that Kid Rock's third major album, "Cocky", was released. (The single's cover art is a shot from one of Rock's Comerica Park concerts.) The end of the video teases Rock's "Greatest Show on Earth" tour "coming soon to a city near you" in 2018.

The Romeo native says he will take his music and his message directly to the people.

Still, don't count him out, said Saul Anuzis, the former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. Given the speed with which most of the swag - again on the Warner Music site - sold out, the clock is ticking.

People may have been confused about his current contracts because the July 13 post was actually the first time he had announced the new recording arrangements.

Up first is "Po-Dunk", a country rock track on which he boasts about his "yard full of chickens and barn full of trucks". Backing up that theory is the fact that in January, Kid Rock announced he would release a new album in late summer, Billboard reported.

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