Speculation builds over Matthew McConaughey’s political future as he mulls bid for governor of Texas

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Speculation builds over Matthew McConaughey’s political future as he mulls bid for governor of Texas
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Speculation builds over Matthew McConaughey’s political future as he mulls bid for governor of Texas
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While the focus in Texas politics is on state legislators and a stalled special session, the speculation over Matthew McConaughey’s possible run for governor of Texas continues to garner steady interest.

The Academy Award-winning actor has teased the idea of a potential 2022 gubernatorial run for months but more recently called it “an honest consideration.”

“What an awesome privilege, an awesome responsibility, awesome position of sacrifice and service,” McConaughey said about the potential run while featured on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in May. “It’s something I’m trying to look in the eye and give honest consideration.”

In March, he told GMA3’s T.J. Holmes simply that it’s a “consideration.”

“It’s consideration until it’s anything else. I’m weighing my options again about what is my role going forward,” he said.

The buzz around McConaughey’s entrance into politics comes as his state of Texas was thrust into the spotlight this week over Republican-backed efforts to revise the state’s election and voting laws, causing a large group of state Democratic Representatives to flee the state in an effort to block the bill by breaking quorum.

But even if McConaughey were to run, questions remain about the type of politician he might be. According to reporting by ABC Austin affiliate KVUE, the actor has only voted twice in Texas since 2012 — in the 2018 and 2020 general elections, as indictated by state voting records — and there is no record of him making campaign donations at the state or national level. He has also declined to say whether he would run as a Democrat or a Republican, the affiliate reported.

Although he lacks political experience, McConaughey has taught film production at his alma mater, the University of Texas, Austin, since 2015. During the pandemic, he created a tutorial on how to make a DIY face-mask. And when a deadly ice storm tore through Texas, McConaughey hosted a virtual benefit, enlisting help from his Hollywood friends to raise millions through his Just Keep Livin’ Foundation.

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