Ending months of speculation, actor Matthew McConaughey said on Sunday that he would not run for Texas governor.
In a three-minute video posted on social media, McConaughey said that while he has explored the prospect of running for office, it is “a path I am choosing not to take at this time.”
“What have I learned? A lot. That we have some problems that we need to fix. That our politics needs new purpose. That we have divisions that need healing,” he said. Nice people, can help us get to where we need to go…
McConaughey said that he would instead “continue to work and invest in what I have by supporting entrepreneurs, businesses and foundations that I believe are … creating paths for people to succeed in life.”
A Dallas Morning News poll last week McConaughey defeated Republican Governor Greg Abbott in a one-off race, and voted slightly ahead of Democrat Beto O’Rourke in a three-way race. He faced a deadline of December 13 to announce his candidacy for the 2022 election.
Oscar-winner McConaughey, best known for his roles in films such as “Dazed and Confused,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Magic Mike,” did not reveal affiliation to the party, and has never held public office.