Entertainment Matthew McConaughey for Texas governor? Actor leads incumbent Greg Abbott in new poll
The Empty Vessel of Matthew McConaughey
He’s polling well ahead of the current governor of Texas. Would he still be that popular if he stops flirting with it and actually, like, runs?When McConaughey—who is so politically tuned out he hasn’t voted in a primary since at least 2012, as the Texas Tribune reports, and has never contributed to any Texas or federal contest—told a podcaster last month that a run for Texas governor was “a true consideration,” he was merely the latest in a long line of performers-turned-candidate to open his arms to voter love.
did more than alright, alright, alright in a surveying support for Texas' next governor.
The actor, who hasn't announced his candidacy yet but has teased interest in running, beat incumbent Greg Abbott by double digits. Forty-five percent of Texas registered voters said they would vote for McConaughey compared to 33 percent who would vote for Abbott and 22 percent who would select someone else. The poll,, surveyed 1,126 registered voters.
Bush: McConaughey would need to tune out his critics if he runs for Texas governor
Former President George W. Bush says Matthew McConaughey could have a shot at being Texas's next governor, if he has "the principles" to tune out his critics."I don't know, he seems to be a charming guy," Bush said with a laugh, when asked if the "True Detective" star would make a good governor of the Lone Star State in a Thursday interview on "The Hugh Hewitt Show."The 51-year-old performer has been floating a potential gubernatorial run while promoting his memoir, "Greenlights." McConaughey said in an interview last month that a bid is a "true consideration.
While McConaughey trounced Abbott when it came to support from Democrats — he garnered 66 percent of prospective votes as opposed to 8 percent support for the Republican — more than half of the Democrats polled said they wanted a progressive candidate for governor over a centrist.
That could spell trouble for McConaughey, a self-described centrist who's criticized both Republicans and Democrats. And when it came to Republican voters surveyed, 56 percent said they'd vote for Abbott, compared with only 30 percent for McConaughey.
While the Oscar winner hasn't officially put his name in the ring, hethat he's giving "honest consideration" to running for Texas governor.
Matthew McConaughey hosts 'We're Texas' virtual concert for storm recovery
Matthew McConaughey hosted a "We're Texas" virtual concert to help Texans impacted by devastating winter storms. © Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images Matthew McConaughey: "A lot of Texans are hurting right now." Through the benefit, McConaughey and his wife Camila raised money for many organizations, including the Austin Disaster Relief Network, Meals on Wheels Central Texas, The Salvation Army, Save the Children, St. Bernard Project and Team Rubicon disaster relief. McConaughey said in a release: "A lot of Texans are hurting right now.
"Look, I'm a 'Meet You in the Middle' man. When I say 'aggressively centric,' that sometimes gets parceled over there with 'Oh, that's a shade of grey, a compromise,'" he told the Austin American-Statesman. "And I say, 'Bulls---. That's a dare. Right now, that's radical. You wanna be brave? Come on over here.'"
For McConaughey, who was born and raised in Texas, his celebrity status will most likely help his political odds in his home state, with one conservative independent voter drawing parallels to former president.
"He's popular, he's colorful, and he's not afraid to tell it like it is," Harp, a construction manager, told the Dallas Morning News. "He has some of the same qualities of Donald Trump, and that will play well in Texas."
The A-lister has stayed close to his Texas roots, recently organizing awith his wife to raise funds for those affected by storms in the state in February. He even appeared in a for instructors at the University of Texas at Austin during the pandemic. In 2019, he as a professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film.
From McConaughey to Jenner, 'Trump effect' propels Hollywood's political hopefuls
More and more famous faces are dipping their toes in the political waters, and some Hollywood stars are ready to dive into the deep end.Olympic gold medalist and former "Keeping up With the Kardashians" star Caitlyn Jenner launched her campaign to become California's next governor last week. Announcing that she would run in the recall election aimed at deposing Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), Jenner said, "Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision.
McConaughey isn't the only Hollywood celebrity who's been eyeing political office.has been , and a reported that 46 percent of those surveyed would support his campaign (the same poll found 29 percent would support both Johnson and McConaughey's respective bids). Meanwhile, Caitlyn Jenner, a longtime Republican, is reportedly and consulting with former Trump staffers.
Texas investigating child abuse allegations at migrant facility, governor says .
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has urged the federal government to close a San Antonio facility holding scores of migrant children amid reports of abuse and neglect. Your browser does not support this video Abbott announced during a press conference Wednesday that he has ordered the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to investigate the allegations inside the federally-run unaccompanied minor facility set up at the Freeman Coliseum, a concert and sports venue in San Antonio.