ACADEMY Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is making calls to influential Texans regarding his possible bid for Texas governor.
McConaughey, who has publicly mused about running for the governor's seat several times, is checking the temperature of the state's business leaders to gauge his chances.
Politico reports McConaughey has reached out to a "deep-pocketed moderate Republican and energy CEO" as he ponders whether to join the political arena.
He recently told CBS News that he would be a "fool" not to consider running.
"I'm giving it consideration," McConaughey said. "It's a very honorable thing to consider, you know, what that position would mean. What would it be for me, what would it mean for the people of Texas."
While McConaughey is a beloved Texas icon, most political strategists warn against betting on his political future, saying they don't see a viable path for him to win.
“I find it improbable, but it’s not out of the question,” Republican strategist Karl Rove said on the subject.
In a recent poll of Texas voters, 45 percent of respondents said they would prefer McConaughey to the incumbent, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
The poll, conducted by the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler, showed that 33 percent would vote for Abbott and 22 percent would choose someone else entirely.
McConaughey has a history of being politically ambiguous, supporting both Republican and Democratic policies.
“The question is: Would he run as a Republican? A Democrat? Independent?" Rove told Politico. "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?”
While it's unknown whether he is registered to a political party, Texas voting records show McConaughey has only voted in the 2018 and 2020 elections.
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Gov. Abbott has faced opposition in his controversial response to Covid, in which he opted for as little mask mandates as possible and let Texas reopen sooner than was deemed safe by experts.
Abbott also faced criticism for his response after a winter storm in February left swaths of Texas without power, heat, or water. Over 60 people died.
The 2022 Texas gubernatorial election will be held on November 8, 2022.