The ‘alright’ train is not aboard a political career as Matthew McConaughey makes an official announcement saying he will not be running for governor of Texas. This comes after months of him mulling over the decision, and leaving hints here and there in the media that he is considering the path as a way to help and serve the country.
“As a simple kid born in a little town of Uvalde, Texas, it never occurred to me that I would one day be considered for political leadership. It’s a humbling and inspiring path to ponder. It is also a path I am choosing not to take at this moment.” said the Interstellar star in his video. He also added that he is going to continue supporting organizations, establishments, businesses, that are pathways for people to succeed in life. Adding that he wants to “support organizations that have a mission to serve and build trust while also generating prosperity. That’s the American dream.”
As an actor, Matthew McConaughey, has had quite a fulfilling career and that looked well enough to translate into a political one, had he not pulled out at this moment. An earlier audience poll by The Dallas Morning News showed him not even head-to-head but above Gov. Abbott.
People had different opinions about the Oscar-winning actor getting into politics and making their decisions before he pulled out as well. A Democrat supporter voiced his opinion regarding his run saying, “He may be a Texas native, but I feel like he has not been a participant in Texas political matters.”
While many consider actors like himself to be progressive, Matthew McConaughey has claimed himself to be “aggressively centrist” previously. Texas has been a red state for many years now, even though there is a significant Democratic following, with the current Republican Governor, ready to run for his third term next year. Texas has been a matter of national discourse for many laws and policies implemented by Republican lawmakers that tend to fall on the conservative side.
McConaughey never showed any interest in local politics or topics of political interest publicly, whether progressive or conservative, which is why many considered his political palette to be blank. However, the Dallas Buyers Club actor was facing backlash after he said he was against mandating Covid vaccines for younger kids.
The Democratic candidate for the Texas Governor race, Beto O’Rourke summed up the opinion of the majority from the state regarding Matthew McConaughey saying, “He’s a really popular figure whose political views have not in any way been fixed. I don’t know, for example, who he voted for in the most consequential election since 1864 in this country. I don’t know how he feels about any of the issues that we’ve brought up…So I think that might explain part of [the poll],” referring to his positive ratio in the audience poll.