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‘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.”

 

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