Matthew McConaughey says he isn’t working to be Texas governor

Matthew McConaughey says he's not running for Texas governor. (Photo: Gary Miller/Getty Images)
Matthew McConaughey says he isn’t working for Texas governor. (Photo: Gary Miller/Getty Images)

Matthew McConaughey is ruling out a politics — for now. 

In a video posted to social media Sunday evening, the actor and native Texan revealed that the trail to political workplace is one he is “choosing not to take at this moment.” The Oscar winner had been publicly musing about working towards incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, when he faces reelection subsequent 12 months. 

Though the 52-year-old had struggled to articulate his political affiliation or stance on numerous points — together with vaccine mandates for kids, which he stated he opposed earlier than clarifying that the oldest of his three children is vaccinated — current polls had prompt that he’d be a preferred selection. Polling from the Dallas Morning News and UT Tyler noticed him edging out each Abbott and his Democrat challenger, former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, however cut up votes in Abbott’s favor had been it to be a three-way race. Earlier this month, analysis performed by the Texas Tribune and McConaughey’s alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, solid doubt on his perceived reputation, with 35 % of respondents having a positive impression of him, 29 % remaining impartial and 24 % deeming him unfavorable. 

Calling the hope of a political profession “humbling and inspiring,” McConaughey — flanked by the Texas and U.S. flags, with copies of his memoir Greenlights stacked behind him — stated in his video message that he’ll “continue to work and invest the bounty that I have in supporting entrepreneurs, businesses and foundations that I believe 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.”

McConaughey famous that he’d realized loads in his examine of each Texas and U.S. historical past over the previous two years, however in the end sounded disenchanted with politics, which he is beforehand referred to as a “broken business” and in comparison with a “bag of rats.”

Speaking of politicians, he stated, “The good ones can help us to where we need to go — oh yeah — but let’s be clear: They can’t do anything for us unless we choose to do for ourselves.”

He then urged individuals to have fun their particular person freedom, but in addition their collective accountability. 

So to the leaders and servants on the market, and the leaders and servants in every one in all us, cheers to you. Here’s to the liberty to be you. The freedom to be me. And to our accountability to be us.”

He signed off with a nod to the Dazed and Confused line that is develop into his private mantra and the identify of his basis: “Just hold livin.”