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Matthew McConaughey Reveals Why He Did Not Run for Texas Governor

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Matthew McConaughey has explained his reasons for opting against running for Texas governor. McConaughey, who initially teased a potential run in March, announced in November that he would not be pursuing politics, despite proving hugely popular as a potential candidate with Texan voters.

“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,” he said in an Instagram video. “It’s a humbling and inspiring path to ponder. It is also a path that I am choosing not to take at this moment.”

The actor opened up about his choice not to run for governor of Texas while appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday.

When host Jimmy Fallon asked McConaughey to “walk us through” his decision not to become a candidate, the Sing 2 star replied, “Whew. Well, it was a two-year consideration that I came to the decision really over the last couple of months.” 

He continued, “And I was asking myself the original question and trying to answer, ‘How and where and what can I do to be most useful?’ To myself, to my family and to the most amount of people. The … category of politics came up and it’s a privileged one that I gave great consideration to.” 

The screen star, who shares three children with wife of nine years Camila Alves, went on: “But at this point in my life… I’ve got a 13-year-old, an 11-year-old, an 8-year-old. The life I’m living right now, the storytelling I want to keep doing. It’s not the category for me at this point in my life.”

When Fallon, 47, asked if he is “still not ruling out future” political ambitions, McConaughey replied, “I’m not until I am,”. On seeing Fallon’s reaction to his answer, McConaughey laughed as he quipped: “Someone told me that was a very McConaughey answer the other day.”

Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey

His latest comments come after McConaughey said in September that he would eventually enter politics “in some capacity,” but not necessarily in a traditional sense. 

In a separate appearance on The Carlos Watson Show in May, McConaughey said he is “not interested in going and putting a bunch of Band-Aids on that are going to be ripped off as soon as I’m out,” speaking of his potential run in politics.

He explained, “I’m interested in building something that can last and I’m measuring what category that is, I don’t know if that’s politics.”

Instead of running for governor, or any political office, McConaughey said that he plans to “continue to work and invest the bounty I have by supporting entrepreneurs, businesses and foundations that I believe are leaders. Establishments that I believe are creating pathways for people to succeed in life. And organizations that have a mission to serve and build trust, while also generating prosperity.”

Ahead of Christmas, McConaughey, Alves, and their kids all stepped out to attend the premiere of his latest flick, Sing 2.

Sing 2 will hit theaters on Dec. 22.

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