By Alexandra Lakkotrypis
TORONTO – For months people have been waiting for confirmation whether actor Mathew McConaughey will be running for Texas governor, as he had been teasing the public. Now that the candidate filing deadline for the Texas primary passed two weeks ago, he’s finally given an answer.
In a video posted Sunday night, McCounaghey said that this was not where he was going in his career right now. McConaughey never acknowledged which party he would run for and did not clarify any party he would join. He also did not share his position on any policies and issues facing the state currently.
“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.”
McConaughey wants to continue to support businesses, entrepreneurs, establishments, and foundations he’s deemed are “creating pathways for people to succeed in life.” As well as organizations, “that have a mission to serve and build trust while also generating prosperity.”
The speculation all stems from an interview in October with the New York Times podcast. McConaughey stated he was further educating himself on politics and seeing if politics is, “an embassy for me to be of the most use to myself, to my family, to the most amount of people in my life moving forward… I like to measure things before I partake.”
Sunday’s announcement comes weeks after McConaughy faced some heat for saying he would not have vaccines for young children mandated until there is more information. Saying that in his home, “we go slow on vaccinations, even before COVID.”
If the Oscar-winner had chosen to run, he would have run against GOP incumbent Governor Greg Abbott, and Democrat Beto O’Rourke, a former Congressman from Texas. The state’s governor race is headed to being “one of the nation’s highest-profile contests in 2022.”
The Dallas Buyers Star was supported by 27% of the prospective voters in Texas.
This is not the first time celebrities have considered a career in politics. Caitlyn Jenner, the most prominent athlete to come out as transgender, ran for governor in California this year after the GOP gathered enough signatures to recall current Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom. Jenner did not garner enough votes to win.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had even said he would consider running for the President of the United States and a poll found 46% of American voters would support him.
Some celebrities even won the elections, for example, controversial former United States President Donald Trump who served one term. As well as Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was the Governor of California for over 10 years. And the most famous – two-term Republican President Ronald Reagan