August 16, 2017
Senator Rock? Kid Rock has said he may run for office, and voters in his home state of Michigan are anxiously awaiting a decision from their native son.
Kid Rock has a campaign website, and in late July he announced that he will start a non-profit group to encourage voter registration.
Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, has his eye on the seat held by Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow. With such strong name recognition, Ritchie would wage a formidable campaign. A poll released July 31 shows Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) with a slim lead over Kid Rock, 50 percent to 42 percent (the poll has a margin of error of 3.5 percent).
“We will be scheduling a press conference in the next 6 weeks or so… and if I decide to throw my hat in the ring for US Senate, believe me… it’s game on mthrfkers,” he wrote on the website on July 26. Sen. Stabenow is up for reelection in 2018.
It doesn’t happen often, but a few musicians have entered politics after – or during – a career in music. Here are some of the most prominent artists who left the band for the ultimate solo act.
After finding fame as half of the Sonny and Cher duo, Bono ran for mayor of Palm Springs, Cal., and won. His bigger role was as a U.S. Representative. Congressman Bono took office in the House of Representatives in 1994 and was on his way to a promising career until he died in a skiing accident in 1998.
The front-woman for Martha and the Vandellas (and current SoundExchange Board member) took a break from performing full time to enter politics. She ran for a seat on the Detroit City Council citing public safety as a top priority. She won and served on the council from 2005-2009.
Garrett left Midnight Oil in 2002 and pursued a solo career in politics in the Australian House of Representatives. The bald frontman for Midnight Oil won his race in 2004 and served until 2013. He also served as Minister of the Environment and Minister of Education. In April, the band began its first world tour in 20 years.
The former member of Fugees decided to run for president of Haiti after the devastating earthquake there in 2010. But he didn’t meet the residency requirement and was disqualified. In June he told Politico that he may run for office in the U.S. one day.
The drummer for the band Phish was elected in June to the Lincolnville, Maine, Board of Selectmen, which operates like a city council. Fishman won one of two open seats on the board, netting 356 votes.