GOP consultant: Kid Rock would be 'prohibitive favorite' if he enters Michigan Senate race
© Getty Images

A Republican consultant says singer Kid Rock would be “prohibitive favorite” if he enters the Michigan Senate race.

“I think there’s no question about that. I think he’s the prohibitive favorite if he gets in,” Dennis Lennox, a Michigan-based Republican political consultant, told Politico.

ADVERTISEMENT
The musician, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, just needs to steer clear of getting caught up in any serious scandals, Lennox said.

“Presuming Kid Rock doesn’t get caught in bed with a little boy or beat up a woman between now and August 2018, he’s going to win the nomination if he gets in,” Lennox predicted.

Another Republican warned against writing the entertainer off early, pointing to the difference between Ritchie and the typical pool of seasoned, well-groomed candidates.

“The fact that he’s nontraditional is appealing to a lot of people. Obviously, it scares others who want someone more predictable,” Saul Anuzis, the former Michigan GOP party chairman, told Politico.

Anuzis said Ritchie would stand out compared to the other candidates as well as the Democratic incumbent, Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowSenate Finance Dems want more transparency on trade from Trump Prominent Michigan Republican drops out of Senate primary GOP chairman shoots down Democrat effort to delay tax work until Jones is seated MORE (Mich.).

“But if you’re going to beat an entrenched candidate like Debbie Stabenow in a purple state, you need to do something different,” Anuzis said, adding that Ritchie is “a hometown darling” in the state.

"He’s got deep connections to Detroit. He’s done a lot throughout the state,” Anuzis continued. “Anybody who’s writing him off is making a mistake.”

The report drew parallels between Ritchie and then-candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE, who was also underestimated when he first threw his name into the presidential race.

The musician hinted at a Senate run earlier this month, confirming that a campaign website with his name is real and teasing that he would have a “major announcement in the near future.”