Matthew McConaughey, the Academy Award-winning actor, talked about the chances of him running for office in Texas in an interview on Thursday. He said that politics is “a bag of rats.” At this point, he’s uncertain if he will run after all.
McConaughey said that he isn’t interested in running for Texas governor in 2022, when asked by The New York Times. He was quite blunt in his reply.
“Is that a place to make real change or is it a place where right now it’s a fixed game, you go in there, you just put on a bunch of band-aids, in fours year you walk out and they rip them off and you’re gone?” McConaughey said. “I’m not interested in that.”
McConaughey has polled high in Texas and he revealed the pressure that he’s gotten from the political world to run for office.
“One side I’m arguing is ‘McConaughey exactly, that’s why you need to go get in there.’ The other side is ‘that’s a bag of rats, man. Don’t touch that with a ten-foot pole. You have another lane. You have another category to have influence and get done things you’d like to get done and help how you think you can help and even heal divides,'”
McConaughey added that politics is “broken business.” In the interview, he also showed support for a third party and said that while he’s hesitant to throw labels, there is a sleeping giant right now. He believes it is necessary to be aggressively centric to salvage democracy in America right now.
McConaughey was also critical of Texas’ abortion ban and called it juvenile in its implementation. he added that the social and political landscape in Texas and the US is toxic.
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