‘Friends’ star Matthew Perry believes he’s “been to rehab too many times to run for office”

Matthew PerryMatthew Perry may be everyone’s favorite ‘friend,’ but that doesn’t mean you will see him running for political office any time soon.

“I think I’ve been to rehab too many times to run for office,” he told The Hill on Thursday. “I haven’t even thought about that, but I do jump at any opportunity to come here and talk about [drug courts].”

The “Friends” star was in Washington, D.C. Thursday to testify on the importance of drug courts in front of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies.

“I’ll try to be very likable and charming,” he said during his testimony. “Drug courts are the single most effective program for curing serious drug addicts for life-long recovery.”

Drug courts deal specifically with cases for non-violent substance abuse offenders. According to Perry, they have a 75 percent success rate in preventing offenders from being arrested again in the future.

While Perry thinks his dark past would haunt him during a political campaign, he appeared to be right at home in D.C., schmoozing with congressman and committee staffers after he was finished with his testimony.

Matthew Perry and Steve Womack

“Congressman Womack enjoyed meeting Matthew Perry to discuss their shared support for drug courts,” Claire Burghoff, the communications director for Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) told Red Alert Politics. “The Congressman believes that drug courts are a critical part of today’s criminal justice system which help address the underlying problems that contribute to criminal behavior.”

This isn’t Perry’s first time lobbying before Congress on the issue.

“Any opportunity I get to talk about drug courts on a one-on-one level or a much bigger level — like testifying in that scary room — I grab at because it’s just one of the few things that’s a no-brainer: it saves lives, it saves money, it’s bipartisan,” he told The Hill.

He may not be running for office tomorrow, but if this actor turns politician, he may give Ashley Judd a run for her money.

“My life has a lot more meaning now that I try to help people,” he said now that’s he’s out of rehab for prescription drug abuse. “It’s also a selfish thing — it makes you feel better than anything else will.”

Comments

The Daily Show on 'mixed marriages'

The Daily Show has braved one of the great dilemmas of our politicized generation: dating outside your political party.

The Daily Show defends 'manspreading'

“Manspreading”: The defining male rights movement of our generation!

Nancy Grace battles Dr. Drew on pot

Oh, Nancy. Just weeks after gracing the internet with her marijuana debate with 2 Chainz, she's served up another delightful bit of TV: her appalled reaction to discovering that fellow HLN star Dr. Drew is on the 2 Chainz side of this argument.

Stewart: 'Drones love Obama'
Jon Stewart couldn’t stop laughing about the drone found at the White House early Monday morning. A small drone crashed on the White House lawn around 3 a.m. and after several hours in lockdown, Secret Service determined that it did not pose a threat. “Of course it didn’t pose a threat. Drones love Obama. He’s like a one […]
Jonathan Gruber raps to MIT students

If you’ve been dying to see Jonathan Gruber, who credited the “stupidity of the American voter” with passing Obamacare, strip down to his undershirt and rap about economics, today is your lucky day!

White House

Biden: ‘The past six years have been really, really hard for this country,’ ‘tough for our party’

Vice President Joe Biden has a lot of singular qualities—he kills it with the ladies, for example, and is always down for a good ball joke.

HuffPo blogger Obama tells Dems to ‘Get informed, not by reading the Huffington Post’
President Obama offered some pretty ironic advice at the House Democrats annual retreat Thursday. According to The Hill, Obama told his fellow Democrats to hold their fire while the administration works on trade deals that several liberal lawmakers have expressed opposition to. “Keep your powder dry,” he said. How did he suggest doing that? “Get […]
White House: Scrapped 529 plan will still be in budget because it has already been sent to the printers
That awkward moment when even the President of the United States can’t get a print shop to make a small change for him… Just one day after the White House announced that it had caved to political pressure and would not be taxing the 529 college savings plan,  officials also had to admit that this […]
VP Biden appears on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ to get ask young people to sign up for Obamacare
With three weeks to go until the Obamacare deadline to purchase insurance, the Obama administration is pulling out all the stops to encourage young people to sign up.  The renewed push included a stop by Vice President Joe Biden on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday so he could appeal to moms who are good at […]
Small drone crashes at White House complex, origin unclear
WASHINGTON (AP) — A small drone flying at low altitude crashed into the White House complex before dawn Monday, the Secret Service said. President Barack Obama was not at home and the White House said it did not pose a security threat. The crash prompted an immediate lockdown of the White House grounds until officials […]

Congress

Dems escort reporters to bathroom at retreat
Why do Democrats always want to escort reporters to the restroom? Or at least it sure seems that way. The latest incident comes from the House Democrats annual retreat where Politico reports that reporters were required to have a staff members escort them when going to the bathroom or to the lobby during Vice President Joe Biden’s […]
Rubio wants permanent NSA spying law

For Senator Marco Rubio (R- Fla.) reauthorizing government spying isn't quite enough--he wants to permanently enshrine it in law.

Cornyn to Lynch:'You're not Eric Holder, are you?'
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) bluntly asked the only question that seemed to be on every Republican’s mind Wednesday at Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearing to be the next attorney general. “You’re not Eric Holder, are you?” Cornyn asked. “No, I’m not,” Lynch replied. “I will be myself. I will be Loretta Lynch [if confirmed.]“   Cornyn said […]
Cruz bill would punish IRS targeting with jailtime

Ted Cruz wants IRS employees guilty of targeting to be the ones forking over their money, this time -- and that's at the very least.