“As a simple kid born in the town of Uvalde, Texas, it never occurred to me that I would one day be considered for political leadership,” McConaughey said in a video he posted to Twitter the evening of Sunday, November 28. “It’s a humbling and inspiring path to ponder. It is also a path that I am choosing not to take at this moment.”
McConaughey previously said he was considering a potential gubernatorial run in the Lone Star State, which as of now includes Gov. Greg Abbott, who recently filed for re-election, Allen West, and Beto O’Rourke.
The Texas gubernatorial election will be held November 8, 2022.
McConaughey said the decision not to run was one that he came to in answering the question of how he could be “most useful in this life going forward.” He said he spent two years studying both Texas and American politics to see if a run for office would be the answer to that question.
“What have I learned? A lot. That we have some problems we need to fix,” he said. “That our politics needs new purpose. That we have divides that need healing. That we need more trust in our lives. That we got to start shining a light on our shared values, the ones that cross party lines, the ones that build bridges instead of burn them. That our children are our greatest asset so, hey, let’s be as good of parents as we can be.”
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