Matthew McConaughey has finally ended months of speculation. The Oscar-winning actor has reported this Sunday afternoon that he will not run for the post of governor of his state, Texas. His eventual entry into politics had heated up the race in one of the most important Republican strongholds at stake in the November 2022 elections. political leader. It is a dignified and very inspiring path. It is also a path that I have chosen not to take at this time ”, has announced McConaughey in one of his popular videos.
The actor assures that he will continue helping entrepreneurs, businesses and foundations that are creating the new leaderships that their country needs and organizations “that can serve and build trust while generating prosperity. That’s the American dream! ”, He added. “And politicians, well, the good ones help us get where we should go, but let’s be honest: they can’t do anything for us unless we decide to do it for ourselves,” says the protagonist of The wolf of Wall Street.
For months McConaughey posted videos like tonight’s on social media. They are messages carefully crafted to appeal to an audience in a highly polarized country. The character speaks with two flags behind him. On the right side it has that of Texas and on the left that of the United States. Among them are dozens of copies of Greenlights (Green Lights), an autobiography that has become a best-seller with its mix of entries from his youth diaries, anecdotes from his life as a movie star, and fragments of self-improvement literature.
“He had considered running for governor of Texas. I’ve been listening, learning, measuring. I have studied the politics of Texas and that of the United States, ”says McConaughey, who claims to have learned a lot about this in recent months. “We have problems that we need to fix, politics needs new objectives. We need to heal our divisions, have more confidence in our lives. We must recover our shared values, those that build bridges instead of burning them, “said the actor in that perfected tone for months.
There were indications that the experiment could work. A poll published last week by the newspaper Dallas Morning News put McConaughey at the head of the elections on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. The poll placed him with 43% voting intention, eight points ahead of Republican Gregg Abbott, who is seeking his third term in Texas, a state that he has not been governor by a Democratic politician since 1995. By not entering the race, the actor leaves local phenomenon Beto O’Rourke alone as the only candidate with a chance to unseat the president. O’Rourke, a former congressman from El Paso, recently confirmed that he is entering the race.
McConaughey caused a small earthquake among progressives, including those in Hollywood, where he belongs, when he asked for a vote of confidence for Donald Trump when the Republican had just arrived at the White House. After four years of that Administration, which widened the gap between Democrats and Republicans, McConaughey preferred to cultivate a centrist profile. In March, in a podcast, he openly confirmed his intentions to break into the gubernatorial race. “I think I have some things to teach and share. What is my category in the next chapter of my life that I am going to enter? The Balanced Voice. Tonight you have finally answered a question that has been floating around for over a semester. The answer, in short, is that there will be no political race. This is for the moment only. “Great leaders serve others,” he said. No matter where they are, you’ve added.