Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz proved he’s ride or die for “friend and mentor” state Gov. Greg Abbott, when asked about Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey’s potential run for the position.
In a conversation with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Cruz admitted he didn’t want the A-list actor running, because he would be a “formidable” opponent.
“He’s a very charming, very affable guy – he’s a movie star,” Cruz commented. “And a good looking, charming, affable movie star can be a really formidable candidate on the ballot.”
“I hope that doesn’t happen, but you know what?” Cruz went on. “He’s going to have to make his own decision whether he’s going to run or not.”
“The Dallas Buyers Club” star has been teasing a potential career in politics in recent months, and said that running for Texas governor in 2022 is a “true consideration.”
“The question is: Would he run as a Republican? A Democrat? Independent? And where is he on the political scale? He says he has a funny phrase about being a hardcore centrist, but what party would he run under?” Asked Republican strategist Karl Rove.
Either way, McConaughey would have to knock out Abbott to take over the role and Cruz, who worked under him as solicitor general from 2003-2008, is loyal to his former employer.
“I am a big fan of Greg Abbott, he was my boss for five and a half years, he’s a close friend and mentor,” the Senator concluded. “I hope Matthew decides not to run.”