American music artist Kid Rock set social media ablaze Wednesday after teasing a website with the browser address “kidrockforsenate.com.”
Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, said on Twitter that he received “a ton of emails and texts” asking if the website was real. Also accompanying the tweet was a picture of a campaign poster on a patch of grass:
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) July 12, 2017
Following the tweet, he hinted at another revelation: “Stay tuned, I will have a major announcement in the near future – Kid Rock,” he tweeted.
The website appears to promote “KID ROCK FOR US SENATE” apparel, such as hats, yard signs, and bumper stickers.
But some skeptical Twitter users stumbled across evidence that suggests the latest news may be musical in nature, due to the website’s possible affiliation with Warner Bros. Records, a major US record label.
When you pay to obscure the domain registrant but you don't mask it in the source code: pic.twitter.com/4tytteeMAq
— Anthony Brian Smith (@AnthonyBLSmith) July 12, 2017
Journalists scouring Federal Election Commission filings to find evidence that Kid Rock may be running for the Senate also came up short:
I'm not seeing any FEC filings for Robert James Ritchie. Any campaign finance experts want to opine on the legality of this website? https://t.co/MNM9i5YFNx
— Jason Noble (@jasonnobleDMR) July 12, 2017
Others were quick to add their thoughts on the musician’s potential bid for Congress:
— Bob Bryan (@RobertBryan4) July 12, 2017
The Rock for President.
Kid Rock for Senate.
Chris Rock needs to throw his hat in soon.
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) July 12, 2017
There's no way Kid Rock can win a Republican primary. Voters are going to want a true conservative w a record governing.
— Nick Riccardi (@NickRiccardi) July 12, 2017
Congratulations to Kid Rock for having stronger messaging than the Democratic Party pic.twitter.com/I7lo0okI0Q
— Naomi LaChance (@lachancenaomi) July 12, 2017