Kid Rock Endorsed For Senate By Former New York Governor George Pataki

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Former New York Governor George Pataki has officially endorsed Kid Rock for Senate. In response to the rock star’s potential 2018 run in Michigan, the ex-governor tweeted Tuesday that the musician is “exactly the kind of candidate the GOP needs right now,” along with the hashtag “#KidRockForSenate.”

Kid Rock announced his possible bid for the U.S. Senate in July, even launching a campaign website that sells “Kid Rock For US Senate” merchandise. Many people dismissed the news as a publicity stunt, but the rocker later insisted he was seriously considering challenging incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan next year.

As Kid Rock’s possible Senate run gains momentum, he’s earned some major supporters in the political community. Pataki, who served as New York’s governor for three terms from 1995 to 2006, backed the musician Tuesday morning. Pataki himself had set out to become the Republican presidential nominee in May 2015 before withdrawing his candidacy that December. James Corden later weighed in on the ex-Governor’s endorsement of Kid Rock, tweeting, “I don’t know George E. Pataki. But I think he might be on drugs and this is a cry for help.”

Meanwhile, Steven Law, president of the super PAC group Senate Leadership Fund, said on C-SPAN last week that his organization is “very interested in [Kid Rock]’s candidacy.” The group formed during the 2016 election and is backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The Republican rocker, who was outspoken in his support of Donald Trump during the presidential election, said in a statement shortly after announcing his possible run, “I was beyond overwhelmed with the response I received from community leaders, D.C. pundits, and blue-collar folks that are just simply tired of the extreme left and right bullsh*t.”

Kid Rock also recently launched a non-profit organization to promote voter registration in Michigan. The rocker also said on his website, “One thing is for sure though… The democrats are ‘shattin’ in their pantaloons’ right now and rightfully so!” He concluded, “If I decide to throw my hat in the ring for US Senate, believe me… it’s game on mthrfkers.”

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