Matthew McConaughey teases run for Texas governor

by | Nov 18, 2020 | Politics, Texas Elections

Texas’ very own Matthew McConaughey recently said he just might be considering running for governor. 

“I don’t know. I mean, that wouldn’t be up to me. It would be up to the people more than it would [be] me,” McConaughey said on “The Hugh Hewitt Show” on Tuesday. 

For now, however, it looks like the Dallas Buyers Club and Interstellar actor will stay away from the political spotlight.

“I would say this: Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now. And when politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested,” McConaughey said before previewing some of the issues he plans to run on.

“I want to get behind personal values to rebind our social contracts with each other as Americans, as people again,” McConaughey said. 

“That leads to us not trust in ourselves, which if that becomes epidemic, then we’ve got anarchy,” McConaughey continued. “I’m all for the individual, and I think it’s for — to make collective change that the individual needs to look in the mirror and say, ‘How can I be a little bit better today?'”

Not exactly the most compelling stump speech, but hey, he has at least another two years to iron things out before Gov. Greg Abbott is up for re-election. If he does decide to throw his hat in the ring, Abbott could be in real trouble, argues the Signal’s William Kim. 

Photo: Moody College of Communications/ Wikimedia Commons | + posts

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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