Actor and author Matthew McConaughey announced on Sunday that he would not be running for governor of Texas at this time, after months of debating whether he would run for the post.
In a video Posted on Twitter and Instagram, Mr McConaughey, 52, said running for governor is a “humiliating and inspiring path to ponder”.
“It is also a path that I choose not to take at this time,” he said.
Mr McConaughey’s announcement came about two weeks before the deadline for nominations for the Texas primary, and about two weeks after Beto O’Rourke, former congressman from El Paso and Democratic candidate for the presidential election, announced his candidacy for office against Gov. Greg Abbott. , a Republican.
Mr McConaughey’s announcement also came weeks after he came to everyone’s attention for saying he would not impose vaccines on young children because he would like more information, adding that in his home, “we are slowing down vaccinations, even before Covid”.
Instead of running for governor, McConaughey said, he would continue to support entrepreneurs, businesses and foundations who are “leaders,” institutions that “create pathways for people to succeed in life. And “organizations whose mission is to serve and build trust, while generating prosperity.”
“It’s the American dream,” he said. “What about the politicians? The good guys can help us get where we need to go. Yes, but let’s be clear: they can’t do anything for us unless we choose to do it for ourselves. “
When asked if he would run for governor in an October interview on the New York Times’ ‘Sway’ podcast, Mr McConaughey said he was learning more about politics and measuring if politics was “an embassy for me the most useful to myself, to my family, to the greatest number of people in my life moving forward.
“I like to measure things before I participate,” he said on the podcast. “And you have to participate before you participate.”
Mr. McConaughey is known for his roles in films such as “Interstellar”, “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Dallas Buyers Club”, for which he won the Oscar for Best Actor in 2014. Last year, he published a brief, “Green Light”.
Mr McConaughey had not previously indicated whether he would run for governor as a Republican or a Democrat.
Mr Abbott, who has served as governor since 2014, is running for a third term in a state where no Democrats have won a statewide election since 1994.
In a hypothetical three-way general election contest, Mr. Abbott was the favorite with 37 percent of the vote, followed by Mr. McConaughey with 27 percent and Mr. O’Rourke with 26 percent. Ten percent of voters in the poll wanted someone else.