When Kid Rock was accused of violating federal campaign finance laws, the musician reacted in the most Kid Rock way imaginable: by offering up a “go f*** yourselves” to his accusers.
Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, has flirted with running for U.S. Senate in Michigan as a challenger to Democrat Debbie Stabenow, though the rocker denies ever officially declaring a run and has yet to file his suspected candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission.
Liberal watchdog group Common Cause is calling foul, filing a compliant with the FEC and the Department of Justice, on Friday.
“In a complaint filed today with the Federal Election Commission and Department of Justice, Common Cause accuses Kid Rock of violating federal election laws by acting as a Senate candidate while failing to register his candidacy, comply with contribution restrictions and publicly disclose contributions to his campaign,” says a release posted on Common Cause’s official site.
“Regardless of whether Kid Rock says he’s only exploring candidacy, he’s selling ‘Kid Rock for Senate’ merchandise and is a candidate under the law. This is campaign finance law 101,” said Common Cause Vice President for Policy and Litigation Paul S. Ryan.
In response, Ritchie blasted the “fake news” reports of his alleged infractions and kindly suggested his opponents go f*** themselves.
“I am starting to see reports from the misinformed press and the fake news on how I am in violation of breaking campaign law,” the rocker told TheWrap via a statement. “#1: I have still not officially announced my candidacy. #2: See #1 and go f*** yourselves.”
Straight forward enough.
The Devil Without a Cause singer also wished “everyone else” a happy Labor Day and, dialing up the Troll Level, praised Michigan — that state he just denied running for Senate in.
“Everyone else, Have a great Labor Day (I will be spending mine WORKING in one of the greatest cities in America – Grand Rapids, Michigan!!) Rock on!” he said.
If Ritchie were to make a run, the numbers are in his favor to win. According to a Delphi Analytica poll released at the end of July, Ritchie found himself eight points ahead of incumbent Senator Stabenow, 54% to 46%.