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Matthew McConaughey Announces He Won’t Run For Texas Governor

November 28, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Matthew McConaughey is keeping out of politics for now, announcing that he will not run for governor of Texas. The actor took to Twitter to post a video in which he said he will not run for the office and instead focus his efforts on private sector work.

There had been a lot of waves about the Dazed and Confused and True Detective star potentially making a run for the office, held by Republican Greg Abbott. Polling had suggested that McConaughey would be a threat if he did decide to run, but in the video he said that he’s decided that it’s “a path that I’m choosing not to take at this moment.”

McConaughey said, “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. It is a humbling and inspiring path to ponder. It is also a path that I’m choosing not to take at this moment.”

He added that he’s been studying politics in both Texas and America as a whole and said, “What have I learned? A lot. That we have some problems we need to fix. That our politics needs new purpose. That we have divides that need healing.”

The actor said he’ll continue to support individuals, businesses, and organizations that he “believes are leaders … Establishments that I believe are creating pathways for people to succeed in life. Organizations that have a mission to serve and build trust while also generating prosperity — that’s the American dream. Politicians, the good ones, can help us get to where we need to go … but let’s be clear, they can’t do anything for us unless we choose to do for ourselves.”