Matthew McConaughey won't run for governor after all

Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey breaks speculation: 'I'm not running for governor of Texas after all'. On Sunday, he posted a video on his social networks

Nov 29, 2021 - 05:32
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Matthew McConaughey won't run for governor after all

Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey announced on Instagram on Sunday that he has no plans to run for governor of Texas for now, after months of speculation about the actor's step into political waters.

The 52-year-old actor’s political ambitions have sparked excitement in liberal circles, especially among Texans appalled by the decisions of incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott who, among other things, signed a very restrictive law banning most abortions.

“I’m a simple kid from the Texas town of Uvalde and it never occurred to me that one day I might be thought of as a political leader,” he told in a three-minute video posted on Instagram.

Polls have shown that McConaughey would fare better than his potential opponents, Abbott and Beto O’Rourke, a former Democratic presidential candidate who officially entered the race in early November.

The actor said that he decided to focus on serving the people of Texas in a different way. He spoke about the responsibilities and problems faced by none other than local and state politics.

He also said that while thinking about the possibility of running, he listened to and studied and analyzed Texas and American politics, trying to establish how he could best serve the residents.

McConaughey pointed out that his reflections on state and national politics led him to conclude that "there are problems that must be solved" and that "American politics needs a new purpose because there is a full division that needs to be healed."

He, nevertheless, vowed to continue to support companies and foundations whose leaders he considers successful leaders who enable people to realize the “American dream” - success and prosperity.