Over the past few months, rumors have been swirling that the Academy Award-winning Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey is planning to run for Texas governor. While appearing on “The Hugh Hewitt Show” on Friday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) was asked about these rumors.
While Abbott said that there is “no doubt” that McConaughey is a good guy, he pointed out that the actor has never taken a clear political position on anything, at least not in public. He also warned McConaughey that he could lose friends and popularity in Hollywood if he were to take conservative political stances.
“[W]e’ve known each other, [Matthew] and me, for a long time now,” Abbott stated. “Interestingly, we both grew up in Longview, Texas. We both went to the University of Texas. We were actually both members of the same fraternity at the University of Texas, and we would hang out together at some University of Texas football games. And his wife was a frequent visitor with my wife, and they’re friends, and so yes, we do know him.”
“And listen, there’s no doubt that he’s a good guy,” he added. “He’s a great guy. He’s very engaging, but there is similarly no doubt that he’s never taken a position on politics. And as people who really know what politics is all about, once you start taking positions, your popularity as some Hollywood hero begins to wane, and people pigeonhole you in one category or another.”
“[W]e’ll just have to wait and see if he starts taking positions,” Abbott concluded. “Is he for abortion, or is he pro-life like I am? Is he really going to step up and do something about the most pressing issue in the state of Texas, and that is actually secure the border like what I’m doing? Is he going to support the effort like what I have done to defund cities that defund the police? All kinds of things where you’ve got to take some hard positions where … you will win some friends, and you’ll also win some enemies along the way.”