Ted Cruz advises Matthew McConaughey to “stick to acting” and stay out of the Texas governor’s race.
Many Texans polled this spring think actor Matthew McConaughey running for governor of the Lone Star State would be fine. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a Republican, doesn’t think it’s such a good idea, and says the actor should stick to acting.
Cruz was a guest on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show this week, where he answered questions about the Biden-Putin summit, Taiwan, foreign affairs, the Clinton administration, and other current issues. Hewitt then inquired about McConaughey’s candidacy for governor with the state’s junior senator.
Hewitt concluded, “Let me close with a difficult question.” “Matthew McConaughey is thinking about running for governor of California. Would he be a strong contender for Greg Abbott? And why would he be, if you’ve come to that conclusion?”
Cruz, who has stated that he personally knows McConaughey, believes the 51-year-old actor would be “formidable.” Cruz also mentioned that current Governor Greg Abbott is a buddy and a “great fan” of his.
“No, I don’t think so. I think he’d be a formidable opponent. I’m hoping Matthew doesn’t decide to run. Greg Abbott is one of my favorite actors. For five and a half years, he was my boss. Cruz described him as a personal friend and mentor. “And I like Matthew personally. I know him a little bit, not well, but I’ve spent a little bit of time with him. And he’s a very charming, very affable guy.
“He’s a movie star, and a good-looking, charming, affable movie star can be a really formidable candidate on the ballot. And I hope that doesn’t happen, but you know what? He’s going to have to make his own decision whether he’s going to run or not.”
The interview ended within the next couple of minutes, but a McConaughey-for-governor reality has gained steam over the last three months. The Dallas Morning News and University of Texas at Tyler conducted a poll in April that showed McConaughey with a double-digit lead over Abbott at 45 percent for McConaughey and 33 percent for the incumbent governor.
It’s unclear, though, whether McConaughey would run as a Republican, Democrat or a third party. He’s pretty much stayed in the middle of the road, politically speaking, and says that it’s the safest place to be since both. This is a condensed version of the information.