Matthew McConaughey says he won’t run for governor of Texas | Texas

Actor Matthew McConaughey will not run for governor of Texas, removing one potential obstacle from the path of Beto O’Rourke, the former Democratic congressman, Senate candidate, and president is now seeking to defeat Republican Greg Abbott.

McConaughey, 52 and star of the Free State of Jones, Dallas Buyers Club (for which he won an Academy Award), Magic Mike, Many other films And HBO smash True Detective, they’ve been around for a long time mentioned Being about to run, and potentially being independent.

He announced that he wouldn’t do it in a short video Post on social media Sunday evening, two weeks before the announcement deadline.

He began, “Hey everyone. McConaughey is here.

“For the past two years, I’ve been working on answering the question of how I can be more useful in this life. Good for myself, good for my family and as many people as possible. One of the categories of services I’ve been exploring is politics, considering running for governor. Texas. “

McConaughey then gave a short sermon on “sharing our lot,” children are “our greatest possessions,” service and leadership—whether as “politician, superstar, mother, father, husband, wife, brother, or friend.” , guide, or teacher.

But regarding running for governor, he said, “As a simple kid born in the small town of Ovaldi, Texas, it never occurred to me that I would one day be considered for a position of political leadership. It is a humble and inspiring path of reflection. It is also a path I choose not to follow at this moment.” “.

Instead, McConaughey said, he would look to support “companies and organizations that I believe are leaders, organizations that I believe create pathways for people to succeed in life, and organizations that have a mission to serve and build trust and dream.”

McConaughey published a bestselling book of self-help memoirs, Greenlights, which will receive a sequel in December. Just last week, in an interview to promote such a business, he mocked New York times. When asked why he didn’t commit to running or said he wouldn’t, he said, “It’s a real dance.

“Five years ago, if I had said, ‘Matthew, I think you should run for governor of Texas,’ I wouldn’t have had the confidence to go, ‘Why did you say that? “What can you do and what can’t you do? Do my talents suit me to be effective as a politician? Good question. Because historically I am not a politician. I am a popular poet and lyric philosopher and have a knack for storytelling and inspiration. But as the chief executive of a state or nation, you have to manage.” You have to make laws.”

Pressed, he told the newspaper, “It would be incorrect for me to go ‘I’m not’ until I say I’m not.”

On Sunday, he said it wasn’t. For O’Rourke, who is seeking to prevent Abbott from winning a third term, the decision may come as a relief. Although McConaughey’s policies or views were not clear, some believed he could have had a good chance of winning.

Keir Murray, Texas political consultant, The Hollywood Reporter Being a “real external filter, that really helps”. But Murray also cautioned that although McConaughey had a “positive and favorable brand, once you dip your toe into the political group, people start hating you.”

“Does he want to change that brand and harm it? Because that is inevitable.”

Among Democrats, in an impression to support him suffrage, many feared McConaughey as a vote-divider in a contest that presents an otherwise reasonable chance of bringing Abbott down. The Republican oversaw the errors in Covid policy and the power grid collapse that took lives during frigid February weather.

Abbott is also a hard-line conservative on issues including abortion, voting rights, and signing strict laws Democrats Hope is inconsistent with the changing population of the state. But even though Texas has fallen short of the sapphire Republican red, it has yet to hand any major prizes to the blue side of the ledger.

Signing his video with a hearty salute, McConaughey said, “To the politicians, the leaders, and those working there, the leader and servant in each of us, they cheer for you. Freedom to be you, freedom to be me. And it’s our responsibility to be us.” These times and at all times and until the next time: go on living.”

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