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Democrats already taking a Kid Rock Senate run 'seriously'

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer aren't laughing; that didn't work out so well last time.
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The American public might not take the potential Kid Rock Senate run seriously, but top Democrats are — so much that they mentioned it in fundraising letters over the weekend.

Last week, Rock, a Trump supporter whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, launched a website for a potential Senate run out of Minnesota. The singer/rapper hasn't filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, but has said, “It’s not a hoax, it’s a strategy and marketing 101!”

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren isn't laughing; that didn't work out so well the last time.

“There were a lot of people who weren’t concerned about Donald Trump running for the presidency,” said Warren during a meeting at Cape Cod Community College, according to the Boston Herald. “I think there were more jokes than people who took it seriously. So, I take it all seriously right now.”

In an email to supporters, she wrote: "I know a lot of people are thinking: this is some sort of joke, right? Well, maybe this is all a joke — but we all thought Donald Trump was joking when he rode down the escalator at Trump Tower and announced his campaign, too," she said.

"And sure, maybe this is just a marketing gimmick for a new album or tour — but we all thought Donald Trump was just promoting his reality TV show, too," she added.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) also sent a Rock-themed email to supporters.

"Kid Rock — yes, Kid Rock — tweeted that he's running for Senate in Michigan," he said in the email. "He even launched a Senate website operated by a record label. So, I'll be honest, we don't know if this is real, a joke, or a bizarre publicity stunt. But I'll tell you this: I don't find it funny."

"In the Trump era, we can't afford to take this tweet as a joke," Schumer continued. "At a time when Senate Republicans are desperate to grow their ranks while pushing to rip health care from millions of Americans, we cannot afford to think of this as a publicity stunt."

Both Warren's and Schumer's letters included a donation link to Minnesota Sen. Debbie Stabenow — Kid Rock's potential opponent.

 
 
 
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