Ted Cruz is a political fixture in Texas, for better or worse. As a result, what he says regarding Matthew McConaughey’s probable bid to topple Governor Greg Abbott is worth noting ahead of reports that the actor is considering running for office.
According to polls, McConaughey would be a good opponent for Texas Governor Greg Abbott, even if no one seems to know what the actor stands for or would propose if elected. That’s probably why Cruz isn’t too keen on a possible election with McConaughey in the mix.
According to Forbes, in a radio appearance on the Hugh Hewit Show, Cruz described Abbott as a “huge admirer” and “close buddy,” but added that he knew McConaughey, 51, and described him as “quite personable,” “affable,” and “good-looking.” That would make him a “dangerous” candidate, which is why he prefers not to get involved in Texas politics.
according to Business Insider:
“I think he would undoubtedly be formidable,” Cruz said of McConaughey, according to Forbes.
“I like Matthew personally,” Cruz replied when asked how the actor would fare in a battle against Abbott. I’m familiar with him. Not well, but I’ve spent some time with him and he’s a very lovely, friendly gentleman,” Forbes reported.
“I hope Matthew decides not to run,” he added, according to The Hill.
McConaughey was reportedly “making calls” about a possible run and lining up contributors in May, according to a report. So there’s a lot of smoke here, and now a known Republican is saying he’d rather the actor didn’t enter the race and maybe defeat another prominent Republican. Time will tell if Cruz has something to be concerned about with the Austin resident, but he has certainly made his feelings known.