AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Actor Matthew McConaughey is failing to run for governor of Texas after months of publicly flirting with the idea of ââbecoming the last famous candidate.
The Oscar winner said in a video posted Sunday night that political leadership was not a path he was choosing to take “right now.”
McConaughey, 52, said he would instead focus on supporting companies and foundations that create pathways for others to be successful.
The Texas governor’s race is already shaping up to be one of the country’s hottest contests for 2022. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is running for a third term, and Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who just won unsuccessful nominations for the Senate and the President of the United States, announced that he was embarking on the race.
McConaughey, the star of “Dazed and Confused” and “Dallas Buyers Club,” had never said under which party – if any – he would run while admitting he was considering running for governor of his state. original. McConaughey had also avoided going into political details and positions on contentious issues in Texas.
âPoliticians? The good guys can get us where we need to go, yes,â McConaughey said in the video posted to Twitter. “But let’s be clear, they can’t do anything for us unless we choose to do for ourselves.”
In California, former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner ran for governor this year as part of a GOP-led recall effort against Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, but has gained little momentum.