Academy Award winner and Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey announced his plans to run for Governor of Texas Thursday, launching a campaign that the film star says will push back against the film industry’s influence on politics.
“It’s an American tradition of making millions in California and then hiding out in Texas to avoid paying taxes on it,” said McConaughey referencing the recent moves to the lone star state of fellow entertainment industry colleagues James Van Der Beek and Joe Rogan, “and I promise to do everything I can to keep that tradition alive.”
The actor does not have any public service experience beyond playing homicide detective Rust Cohle in the HBO series True Detective, but many political analysts are now saying that no longer is a meaningful consideration for most voters. Political focus groups have shown that a majority of voters now confuse the characters played on TV with the actors and actresses that portray them. This could work in McConaughey’s favor based on the popularity of the characters he has played in blockbuster films like The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club, and Interstellar.
“I think us Texans are sick and tired of seeing these movie stars telling us how to live our lives,” said Texas voter Sharon Smith, “I’m glad to see Dallas [McConaughey’s character from Magic Mike] stepping up to tell these Hollywood liberals to leave us alone!”
Smith is not alone. Polls are thin on McConaughey’s popularity as a candidate, but a Gallup poll initiated last week when Matthew McConaughey was testing the waters suggested that over 50% of Texans would like to see Ron Woodruff (the lead character in Dallas Buyer’s Club) run against incumbent Governor Greg Abbott. Even better, McConaughey’s character from How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days, Ben Barry, polled at 85% among white suburban women, a key swing demographic in Texas.
“He’s got a lot of momentum that could easily move him into the Governor’s Mansion,” said longtime Texas political strategist Ron Chapman, “but let’s not forget that his character from A Time to Kill was a white lawyer defending a black murderer. That kind of stuff passes in the People’s Republic of California, but it could be a real liability for Matthew in the proud state of Texas.”