Matthew McConaughey, on Sunday, finally announces that he will not run for Texas Governor. He came o Instagram this Sunday and announced it for everyone to see. He said that elected office was a path that he is choosing not to take at this moment.
McConaughey’s video came just over two weeks before the candidate filing deadline for the Texas primary. Earlier he did not specify which primary he would run for – Democrats, Republican or Independent. He has previously described himself as “aggressively centrist.”
McConaughey said that he would rather continue supporting entrepreneurs, businesses and foundations he believes in. He wants to create pathways for people to succeed in life.
The prospect of a McConaughey candidacy had intrigued the Texas and national political world for months. Some polling showed he would have been a force to be reckoned with, leading Abbott in a head-to-head matchup. But he never elaborated on how he would run if he did.
A July survey by the University of Texas, Tyler, suggested 44 percent of Texans would vote for McConaughey in a hypothetical election. It also stated that 35 percent of votes would be in favor of Abbott. 54 percent of the state believing the state is “on the wrong track.”
Opinions and hypothetical polls do not necessarily reflect the reality of running a campaign. Insiders have warned that McConaughey would heavily risk his brand and acting career if he were to run. So for now the actor is sticking to his charity and foundations rather than politics.