Matthew McConaughey has finally made a decision after much speculation about his potential run for Texas governor.
The 52-year-old actor who was born in Texas announced over the weekend that, though it was a “humbling” thought to run for political office, he has opted not to pursue a path to run against incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott at this time.
Some early polling indicated that, in a potential gubernatorial race, McConaughey was leading against Abbott and Beto O’Rourke despite not making any official announcements that he would even be running.
— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) November 29, 2021
Flanked by a Texas and an American flag in a video message posted Sunday, the Academy Award-winning actor explained that he has learned “a lot” in looking at politics recently.
“As a simple kid born in the little town of Uvalde, Texas, it never occurred to me that I would one day be considered for political leadership,” McConaughey said. “It’s a humbling and inspiring path to ponder. It is also a path that I am choosing not to take at this moment.”
“I’ve been listening, I’ve been learning, I’ve been measuring. I’ve been studying Texas politics and American politics,” the “Dazed and Confused” and “Dallas Buyers Club” star said.
“What have I learned? A lot. That we have some problems we need to fix. That our politics need new purpose. That we have divides that need healing,” he added, saying he will leave the work to “the leaders and the servants out there.”
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