Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey has revealed that he would not run for governor of Texas “at this moment” on Sunday.
This revelation comes months after speculation that he would leap into politics.
In a video posted online, McConaughey said, “As a simple kid born in the little town of Uvalde, Texas, it never occurred to me that I would one day be considered for political leadership,” the rom-com heartthrob turned serious actor said in a video posted online.”
“It’s a humbling and inspiring path to ponder. It is also a path that I am choosing not to take at this moment.”
In the past year, McConaughey’s political ambitions had caused excitement in liberal circles, and particularly among Texans appalled by Governor Greg Abbott, who signed a highly restrictive law banning most abortions.
However, polls have shown that McConaughey would fare better against Abbott than Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic former presidential candidate who formally entered the race earlier this month.
Abbott is seeking a third term in the November 2022 election, for which nominations close on December 13.
Speaking to AFP, McConaughey said that a gubernatorial campaign had “been discussed. It’s a possible avenue.”
However, the Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective star has not declared allegiance to either party.
He described himself as “aggressively centrist”, adding: “Not because that’s the place of gray and compromise… I think today it’s a daring space. It’s the space of outlaws.”
In his Sunday video, McConaughey said that his ruminations on state and national politics had taught him that “we have some problems we need to fix; that our politics needs new purpose; that we have divides that need healing.”
He further committed to supporting businesses and foundations “creating pathways for people to succeed in life.”