52-year-old actor Matthew McConaughey confirmed that he will not run for governor of Texas.
The upcoming deadline is December 13th in order to file for the Republican or Democratic primary or to declare as an independent candidate.
“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.”
He posted a three-minute speech to Twitter:
— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) November 29, 2021
“I’ve been listening, I’ve been learning, I’ve been measuring. I’ve been studying Texas politics and American politics,” he said.
“What have I learned? A lot. That we have some problems we need to fix. That our politics need new purpose. That we have divides that need healing.”
Polls indicated that McConaughey, who hasn’t even announced a party affiliation, was preferred by Texans over Republican Gov. Greg Abbot and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke.
40 percent of Texans would like McConaughey to enter politics.
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Flanked between the Stars and Stripes and the Texas State flag, McConaughey said he had been exploring the question of “how I can be most useful in this life going forward.”
Ultimately though, McConaughey said he would leave that work to “the leaders and the servants out there,” while working to help organizations that “have a mission to serve and build trust while also building prosperity.”
“What am I going to do? I’m going to continue to work and invest the bounty I have by supporting entrepreneurs, businesses and foundations that I believe are leaders,” he said.
About 40 percent of Texans — including 49 percent of Democrats — had told pollsters they wanted McConaughey to trade Hollywood for the Austin statehouse.