By ANNA PALMER
Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant is looking to make a new name for the band in Republican politics.
The singer recently lent his star power to Florida Republican Ted Yoho, who scored a surprise upset of Rep. Cliff Stearns in a congressional primary earlier this week. Van Zant is also supporting Mitt Romney’s presidential bid, and will be on hand at the Republican National Convention where the band is slated to perform alongside Trace Adkins and Kid Rock.
“I hope whoever wins come November, whether it be Romney, or [Obama], they put this country back on track,” Van Zant told POLITICO. “I did not vote for President Obama … now he’s the president of the United States. Whatever happens we have to support him. We have to be good Americans and stand by our president.”
Still, Van Zant said he’s skeptical of Obama’s policies.
“His whole platform was change, change. Well, very little has changed I know for the people that are our fans,” Van Zant said. “As far as I’m concerned, I’ve heard the president go we’re asking the rich to take a little bit more in taxes. Well, that’s not asking, that’s telling. I still believe in the trickle-down effect.””