Matthew McConaughey says he’s not running for governor

by | Nov 29, 2021 | 2022 Elections, Politics

Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey revealed Sunday he won’t be jumping into the race for Texas governor. 

He said so in a three-minute Twitter video that was so incredibly vapid, it may have been written by a sentient fortune cookie.

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

The Texas actor had long been teasing a run for governor, and polls even showed him outperforming Gov. Greg Abbott. 

In the video, McConaughey says he has been studying politics in Texas and America.

“What have I learned? A lot,” he says. “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.”

McConaughey continues: shared values are good, children are good, serving others is good. What the state really needs to invest in, he says, is more trust. 

(Sadly investments in the state’s power grid or healthcare infrastructure were not insights gleaned by the self-described philosopher-poet-statesman.)

The video is reminiscent of an interview McConaughey had with The New York Times where he revealed a poor grasp of ongoing state issues. 

Instead of running for governor McConaughey said he would continue to aid foundations and entrepreneurs that he said are leaders and can create pathways to success for Texans. 

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Fernando covers Texas politics and government at the Texas Signal. Before joining the Signal, Fernando spent two years at the Houston Chronicle and previously interned at Houston’s NPR station News 88.7. He is a graduate of the University of Houston, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, and enjoys reading, highlighting things, and arguing on social media. You can follow him on Twitter at @fernramirez93 or email at

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