While many have poked fun at rapper, producer and fashion entrepreneur Kanye West's announcement—perhaps jokingly—that he would seek the presidency in 2020, one Republican leader is running with the idea.
In a filing Monday with the Federal Election Commission, Eugene Craig III, chairman of the national Young Minority Republicans Fund, filed a statement of organization for a group he calls "Ready for Kanye."
Speaking with CNBC, Craig—who is also part of the Baltimore County GOP leadership in addition to his new role as the Ready for Kanye chairman—said he was a fan of West, and he thought the musician could help the country.
"He would bring an interesting dialogue to the political debate," Craig said. "His stances on some of the pressing issues of the day would be welcome."
Craig said he has not yet reached out to West's people, and the rapper's representation did not immediately return CNBC's request for comment.
Craig acknowledged that West was likely a Democrat (and in fact has been photographed with party presidential front runner Hillary Clinton), but said the rapper could find a home in the modern GOP.
"Given some of his ideological views, I do think he would fall in line with the Republican Party," Craig said. "If we are a party that can accept Donald Trump, we can accept Kanye West." (Tweet This)
Craig praised West's Sunday speech—during MTV's annual Video Music Awards—and said that he could bring that energy to the political discussion.
"He's someone who is pro-entrepreneurship, pro-small business, but at the same time speaks out against corporatism," Craig said, adding that the rapper has also criticized the education system and the war on drugs.
Craig said his work in support of West is coming from his own personal beliefs, not as a member of the Maryland GOP.
When contacted by CNBC, a representative for the Baltimore County Republican Party said she did not know of Craig's FEC filing.