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Matthew McConaughey For Governor Gaining Steam, ‘Making Calls’ to Political Figures

McConaughey vs. Abbott may be ready to take place in 2022.

The 51-year-old actor’s prospects of running for Texas governor are gaining steam after reports indicate he has been “making calls” to major political figures within the state.

The path to the gubernatorial race in the Lone Star State is heating up, now that McConaughey’s star power has entered the ring and is set to challenge Republican Greg Abbott. He gave a spree of interviews, indicating that the actor is reaching out for support to gauge his chances at the seat.

According to a report from Politico released on Sunday, the actor has been in contact with a “deep-pocketed moderate Republican and energy CEO.” Republican strategist Karl Rove said that he finds the move “improbable, but not out of the question.”

The Oscar-winning actor, known for his roles in Dazed and Confused, Wolf of Wall Street, Tropic Thunder, and the award-winning Dallas Buyer’s Club, is showing strong polls numbers against current governor Greg Abbott.

In a poll conducted among Texans early April, McConaughey gained 45% of the participants’ votes, while Abbott gained 33% of the votes. 22% of voters said they would vote for a different candidate.

His inclusion in the race is a true challenge to Abbott, who showed fearless leadership during the pandemic and alleviated the COVID restrictions that plagued almost ever other state except Florida.

Abbott dropped the mask mandate in Texas in early March and fully opened Texas months ahead of other states, and yet infection rates in the state remain at an all-time low. Texans across the state have backed Abbott’s decisions, which have caused major economic growth and an influx of citizens from states such as California. Thus, Texas has reaped the benefits of freedom under Abbott’s watch.

Joining a wave of entertainers turning to politics, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s recent interest in a presidential run in 2024, McConaughey might still appeal to Texas voters who want to pull away from the wildly polemic conversation surrounding American politics today.

If McConaughey’s elected, voters can just hope that his policies keep the state “All Right, All Right, All Right.” Or else another California’s on the way.

Written by Alejandro Avila

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  1. I dunno about this. I did find Abbot mostly weak and leasing from behind. It’s easy to follow other Red states when you used to the the redest state. Abbot reminds me of the Republican version of Andy Beshear or Roy Cooper.

  2. I don’t trust anybody from Hollywood. It’s a different planet. There is only so long you can spend in that town before your brain gets infected

    I would ask him up front what he thinks about Critical Race Theory and wether or not tranz dudes should be able to compete in women’s sports. If he can’t give a straight answer then forget it

    • 👏👏👏

      And where he stands on abortion, partial birth abortion, his stance on BLM organization, defunding police, whether “global warming” is an existential threat and if he thinks it’s caused by racism, where does he stand on mail-in balloting and ID’s for all voters, where does he stand on the tens of millions of illegal immigrants that have come into this country over the last decade+, on building the wall and finishing it, on raising taxes, does he believe in bogger government and less civil liberties, etc etc etc

  3. Abbott is not the stalwart he is purported to be. His actions during the Plague were more following, not leading, and he has let the State electrical grid crumble while erecting thousands of worthless windmills which don’t work when needed (See: The Big Freeze). He is ripe for a takedown.

    Is McConaughey the answer? Who knows. I seriously doubt that he would want his life annihilated by the negative attention he would get running as a Republican. If he thinks he would get the kind of loving Media attention the O’Rourke twit got, he is badly mistaken…

    • Brewingfrog: “I doubt that he would want to get annihilated by the negative press for being a Republican”

      ^accurate^
      These people live to be celebrated. A millionaire surfer actor dude simply isn’t going to be willing to go from being loved to being hated overnight. He has way too many lefty buddies he won’t want to anger. I envision a fake Republican ~ John Robert’s type.

  4. I tend to agree with you Jonathan, it’s been frustrating to watch Abbott “let” the county judges engage in their f*ckery like they did in Fort Bend, and only have the “bright ideas” after DeSantis rolled them out. That could be holding Abbott to an impossible standard, but that’s exactly his problem; it’s not impossible because DeSantis (and Noem to an extent) *did* what we expected Texas to do nine months ago. My third grader and first grader are still in masks/shields with two weeks left in school, which is horseshit. But, they have been in in-person learning full time since September-ish, which is a lot more than most of the country can say.

  5. The dumbing down of America. Voting for a celebrity who has accomplished
    Nothing in his life other than play acting parts that others wrote and directed.
    What is wrong with you DUMB ASS PEOPLE !

  6. Am I one of the few who thinks this sounds absolutely insane? It would be one thing if he was running in California because anything would be an improvement there, but why would someone with zero credentials be handed the keys to something that’s already working? This is straight out of Idiocracy.

  7. I live in Texas. I like Mr McConaughey’s acting. I think he’s great, as an actor.

    I believe he’s misreading the field here. Gov Grabbott has screwed the pooch ruling Texas as an indication of how he would rule as president. He already has one serious primary challenger and another entertainer, a comedian, in the field.

    Given how democrats have stated they would rule if they ever run Austin, I just don’t think he should waste the goodwill he’s developed on a political campaign. I don’t think it would work out well.

    We ain’t California.

  8. I would only vote for him if he won the republican primary, but I doubt I would vote for him in said primary. I am, however, looking forward to probably voting for one of Mr. Abbott’s primary opponents (and especially voting for one of John Cornyn’s…again).

    I like Matthew McConaughey a lot. I like Wild Turkey a lot as well, and I like that he’s their global ambassador or whatever – that Longbranch he helped create is a little low on proof, but a good sip all the same.

    The governor of the state of Texas is largely a figurehead, anyhow. The Lt. Gov., the Railroad Commissioner, and the speaker of the house have all the real power, so if he gets elected it won’t be the end of the world.

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