Matthew McConaughey has been quietly making phone calls to prominent Texas politicians and business leaders to test the feasibility of his candidacy as governor.
The 51-year-old Lone Star actor is in talks with a wealthy moderate Republican and energy CEO to discuss his official participation in the race and their possible support. Politics reports.
Many are skeptical that McConaughey would be willing to give up his hugely successful Hollywood career for a career in politics.
But the Dazed and Confused star has been teasing a run for governor for several months now. Even if he flee, there is no guarantee he would win, although a recent poll shows that he comes in first with more support from Democrats than Republicans.
McConaughey recently told The Hugh Hewitt Show that “ it would be more up to the people than me ” if he pursues a career in politics.
Matthew McConaughey has made silent phone calls to prominent Texas politicians and business leaders to test the feasibility of his candidacy as governor.
A recently released University of Texas poll found that 45% of voters would support McConaughey over Abbott if the actor decided to run. The couple is pictured together here
And the odds are pretty good for the Dallas Buyers Club actor should he decide to go ahead. Of more than 1,000 registered voters, 45 percent said they would vote for him if given the chance.
The odds were good, especially when compared to incumbent Governor Greg Abbott, with only 33% promising the governor their vote, according to a new poll conducted by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas Tyler.
Looking at individual parties, only 30% said they would vote for McConaughey, while 56% would vote for Abbott.
In Democratic circles, he has a much more secure majority: 66% like the sound of a Governor McConaughey.
McConaughey has spoken openly about the possibility of running, but always procrastinated saying ‘it would be up to the people’ whether he would run.
Politically, McConaughey, who hails from Uvalde, Texas, west of San Antonio, has kept his tendencies pretty close to his chest.
Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (pictured), 51, hasn’t ruled out the prospect of running for Texas governor
He never said whether he would act as a Republican or a Democrat.
‘I’m not teasing the idea – I’m actually looking at the idea and seriously thinking about it,’ said McConaughey CNBC.
‘I have a new chapter for myself, personally in my life. I believe it is in some kind of leadership role. I don’t know what that role is. I don’t know my category. We’ve talked about the “why” of leadership and even, I would say, we need even more good leaders.
‘We’ve come to this place where,’ You give your opinion and it contradicts mine. My gut response – our gut response – is “Oh, you have to say that to the exclusion of mine” … If I say I’m a believer, someone will say, “Oh, you shouldn’t believe in science.” Well, I didn’t say that, I’m a believer and I believe in science … there can be two different opinions at the same time, ”he said in an interview in March.
In March, he told Houston-based podcast host and Crime Stoppers CEO Rania Mankarious that he had looked to the future.
“I am now researching my leadership role because I think I have a number of things to learn and share,” he said.
“What is my role, what is my category in my next chapter of life that I will get into now?”
Mankarious asked the actor if he was considering running for governor of Texas, to which he replied, “It’s a real consideration.”
Oscar-winning Texan Matthew McConaughey could win if he runs for Texas governor in a race against incumbent Greg Abbott
In the past, McConaughey has not labeled himself leaning left or right, saying that “extremes” were “unfair” on both sides.
He accused political ‘illiberals’ of’ completely ‘illegitimizing the other side’ – saying that liberals are ‘often cannibalized’ by hardliners of the left and right.
He said there is “no room for any consensus” and accused both sides of “exaggerating” each other’s views into an “irrational state.”
Speaking on ITV on Good Morning Britain late last year, he did not identify with Democrats or Republicans. “You need liberals, what I don’t think we need are the illiberals and what I think some liberals don’t see is that they are often cannibalized by the illiberals,” he said.
Asked by Piers Morgan about his views on freedom of speech, McConaughey said that “the extreme left and the extreme right are making the other side, the liberal and conservative side that we need in certain places completely illegal.”
“The two extremes either legitimize those two sides, or they exaggerate that side’s attitude to an irrational state that makes no sense – and that’s not fair if either side does,” he said.
‘Where the waterline will land on this freedom of speech, and what we allow and what we don’t do and where this culture lifts, where that waterline lands, is a very interesting place that we now engage in as a society because we have the have not found the right place. ‘
McConaughey, 51, added, ‘You have to have a confrontation to have unity, I think we can all agree on that, and that’s when a democracy works really well.
‘I would say we don’t even have a real showdown right now. Real confrontation provides at least some confirmation of the opposite view, or legitimizes the opposite view.
Ronald Reagan was also a Hollywood actor and union leader before becoming California’s 33rd Governor from 1967 to 1975. He is pictured with First Lady Nancy Reagan in 1984
Austrian-born actor and retired bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger was California’s 38th Governor from 2003 to 2011. He is pictured here in 2020
‘At the moment we don’t have a real confrontation because we don’t even give legitimacy to an opposing point of view, we don’t confirm it, we make that vision persona non grata. In a way, it’s a bit unconstitutional. ‘
Republican Gregg Abbott is currently running for re-election to the state in 2021.
Speaking on The Hugh Hewitt Show last November, McConaughey refused to rule out running for governor.
‘I do not know. I mean, that wouldn’t be me. It would be more up to the people than me, ”he said.
‘Look, politics seems like a broken business at the moment. And if politics redefine its purpose, I could be a lot more interested. ‘
When McConaughey was later asked to explain his comments, he said that while he has no plans to get involved in politics ‘right now’, he will consider ‘leadership roles’ in the future.
He said, “As I move forward in life, I am indeed going to consider leadership roles where I can be most useful.
‘I would like. I do that anyway. ‘
McConaughey, who won an Oscar for his role in the 2013 AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club, is said to be the latest in a string of actors to win political office in the United States.
They include Presidents Donald Trump and the late Ronald Reagan, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood, and former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura.