Matthew McConaughey will not run for governor of Texas in 2022

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For much of the past year, Matthew McConaughey has been trying to (bongo) drum up support for a possible bid for governor of Texas. He’s openly “considered” running, and of course he could not STFU about how the “illiberal left” was being super-mean to the poor MAGA racists. Worse yet, MM also tried to talk out of both sides of his mouth on important issues like abortion and whether children should get vaccines and he ended up pissing off everyone. All in all, no one wanted him to run for political office and he’s finally gotten that into his bongo-drum head.

Matthew McConaughey announced that he has no immediate plans for a future in politics in a video message shared on Sunday. The Oscar winner, 52, shut the door on a potential bid for governor of Texas in 2022 as he acknowledged his time spent exploring, learning and listening over the past two years while considering a career in public office.

“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,” McConaughey said. “It’s a humbling and inspiring path to ponder. It’s also a path that I’m choosing not to take at this moment.”

The actor also noted that he’s been studying both American and Texas politics. “What have I learned? A lot. That we have some problems we need to fix. That our politics needs new purpose. That we have divides that need healing. That we need more trust in our lives.”

“I’ve learned that freedom comes with responsibility, and that great leaders serve,” he continued. “Whether a politician, a CEO, star quarterback, a mother, father, husband, wife, brother, friend, mentor or teacher, we lead by serving each other. We lead through our service. What is service? Service is taking on responsibility today, so we can have more freedom tomorrow. Service is making the better choice for you and for me.”

Instead of running for Texas governor, McConaughey explained that he will continue to support entrepreneurs, businesses and foundations that are “creating pathways for people to succeed, organizations that have a mission to serve and build trust while also generating prosperity.”

“That’s the American dream,” he added. “And politicians, the good ones can help us get to where we need to go, yeah. But let’s be clear, they can’t do anything for us unless we choose to do for ourselves.”

[From People]

It sounds like MM has plans to run for office at some point in the future, but that he finally realized that he needed to put in some work before Texans accept him in any way, shape or form. Is he capable of doing that work? Or will he breeze in and just hope that his fame gets him at least 33% of the vote? Anyway, Beto O’Rourke announced his candidacy and I would imagine that Texas Democrats are already backing Beto in a big way. If MM ran, no one even knows if he would run as a Democrat, Independent or Republican. He wouldn’t have gotten support from Dems or Republicans though, so maybe someone finally impressed that fact on his bongo-brain.

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  1. Tom says:

    Not ready for prime time. Beto would wipe the floor with this guy in a debate.

    • Betsy says:

      Like that matters anymore. Republicans are the most tribal people on the planet. McConaughey could get up there and play the bongos naked and if he had an (R) after his name, they’d vote for him.

  2. Amy Bee says:

    Thank God! He’s not running because he knows he wouldn’t win.

  3. sassafras says:

    I’m a texan and I would have been fine with Matt running if he’d been half way smart and strategic about it, i.e., focused on getting Greg Abbott out. He could have pulled a reverse Trump and pulled just enough republicans/ centrists away to deny Abbott a reelection. But no, this was all ego and bombast. Bye matt. Hello BETO 2022.

    • goofpuff says:

      Yes, the only reason I would support Matt is to get Abbott out. I’d never vote for him, but if he could get some MAGA votes off Abbott, I’m all for it. BETO 2022!

    • Honey says:

      Also a Texan and agree with this assessment 100%. It’s past time for Abbott to go.

    • MerlinsMom1018 says:

      Native Texan here as well
      I would have had to hold my nose voting for mcconaughey, anything to get rid of abbott but I must confess I wouldn’t have liked it.
      But #TeamBeto2022? yasssssss

  4. Sandy says:

    Good, ol T-Rex arms has no business running for anything.

  5. death by bacon says:

    Thank God.

  6. lucy2 says:

    “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.” LOL why is he acting like people were begging him to run? He’s the one who put it out there and was testing the waters.
    If he cares and wants to get involved – great. Run for a lower level office, get involved at the community level, and then work his way up. But people with zero experience (and in his case no ideology other than trying to sit in the middle) should not be in charge of an entire state.

    • Betsy says:

      This isn’t the time for mealy mouthed both sidesism. The GOP is fascist and must be defeated, and the media is all in on getting the GOP back in office, so we have an uphill battle.

    • Sudie says:

      @ lucy2, this x 1000000000……..

  7. girl_ninja says:


  8. Leslie says:

    It’s cool. We got BETO!!

  9. panthress says:

    The only position Matthew needs tp run for is the nearest psychiatrist couch.

  10. Abby says:

    Good. I agree with your take Kaiser. He talks out of both sides of his mouth, I still don’t know where he stands on anything, and he has no experience in this arena. He’d be running against Beto (I dont know any democrats that would pick him over Beto) and he’s not MAGA enough for the republicans.

    I think it’d be cool if he started lower. Maybe the mayor of whatever suburb town he lives in near Austin. I agree with you that he’s probably going to run in the future–I can’t take him seriously right now.

    So, this is good news in my opinion.

  11. Sudie says:

    Best news for Texas! Yay!

  12. Normades says:

    Watch him run 3rd party for President 😂

  13. Silent Star says:

    I’m not even American and I am relieved! You guys need knowledgeable and capable candidates, not whatever he is.

  14. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    I’m so relieved this fool is out. Beto for Governor! I got to meet Beto last week and hear him speak. He’s the real deal! I appreciate a candidate who’s willing to campaign all over the state, including the small cities. I have a photo with him on my insta cuz I’m cheesy like that.