It is a candidacy that, if it were to materialize, would scatter the cards quite a bit, both among Republicans and Democrats. Although the Washington Post has already crushed him from the start, the latest polls say the actor Matthew McConaughey, winner of an Academy Award for Dallas Buyers Club and unforgettable co-star of the tv series True Detective, could defeat both the Republican governor of Texas Greg Abbott, and the eligible dem challenger, Beto O’Rourke.
For months, there have been rumors of a possible candidacy of McConaughey for the presidency of Texas, even if the person directly concerned did not want to say what party he would run for and on several occasions calling himself a “convinced centrist“and hostile to all kinds of extremism, both right and left. Although he has not yet formalized his entry into politics and the race to the elections of 2022, the Texan actor appears to be ahead of the governor Greg Abbott, according to the results of a survey conducted by Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas.
McConaughey leads Abbott, whose approval rating has dropped to 45%, nine percentage points from previous surveys. The management of the pandemic and the recent, debated, more restrictive abortion law in the United States would be weighing: from 1 September in Texas, in fact, the termination of pregnancy is prohibited once embryonic heart activity is detected, when this is about six weeks, with no exceptions, including cases of rape or incest.
McConaughey: “To apply? I’m seriously thinking about it”
As reported by the Cnn, in recent days McConaughey, guest of the podcast “Set it Straight: Myths and Legends”, declared that he seriously considered his descent into the field. “The governor’s job? I’m thinking about it“, Matthew McConaughey replied to the conductors who questioned him about his future and the rumors that have occurred in recent months.”I guess I might be some kind of politician. It’s just that I’m more of a folk statesman and philosopher-poet than a definitive politician per se. So I think I’ll give myself a chance. Well, I don’t even see a reason not to try. On the other hand, this is exactly why I should do it because politics needs a redefinition. I’m still thinking about it” has explained.
Esteemed by the Republicans, feared by the dem, loved by the Texans
In recent months, McConaughey had even received some sort of endorsement from the Conservative senator Ted Cruz. The Republican exponent said he hoped the friend and actor would choose not to run for Texas governor as it could be a challenge. “formidable“for incumbent president Greg Abbott in 2022. Cruz stressed in the interview that he is a”big fan” e “close friend“by Abbott, 63, but adding that he personally knows McConaughey, calling the Texas native actor and movie star”very charming“, “easy going” e “handsome“.
McConaughey, whose primary residence is in Austin, is hugely popular in his homeland, having recently helped raise millions of dollars for the victims of the winter storm that hit the state earlier this year. In late May, in an appearance on Ellen Degeneres’ talk show, McConaughey told guest presenter Garth Brooks that running for governor is something to which. “will seriously consider“.