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Matthew McConaughey considers running for Texas governor

Matthew McConaughey confirms running for Texas governor is a ‘true consideration’ and says he has ‘some things to teach and share’

  • Actor Matthew McConaughey is considering running for governor in Texas  
  • The Oscar-winning actor, 51, made the revelation during a podcast interview
  • McConaughey has previously refused to rule out entering politics 

Actor Matthew McConaughey has announced that he is seriously considering running as Governor of Texas

The Oscar-award winning actor, 51, made the revelation during an episode of The Balanced Voice podcast on Wednesday. 

McConaughey has previously refused to rule out entering politics and has toyed with the idea of trying to win governor’s office. 

Actor Matthew McConaughey has announced that he is seriously considering running as Governor of Texas

The 'Greenlights' author was speaking to Houston-based podcast host and Crime Stoppers CEO, Rania Mankarious (pictured)

The ‘Greenlights’ author was speaking to Houston-based podcast host and Crime Stoppers CEO, Rania Mankarious (pictured) 

The ‘Greenlights’ author told host of the Houston-based podcast and Crime Stoppers CEO, Rania Mankarious that he had been looking to the future. 

‘I’m looking into now, what is my leadership role?’ he pondered while talking to Mankarious. 

‘Because I do think I have some things to teach and share.’ 

‘What is my role, what is my category in my next chapter of life that I’m going into now?’ 

Mankarious asked the actor if he was considering whether to run for governor in Texas, to which he responded: ‘It’s a true consideration.’

Current Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott (pictured in October) is up for re-election in 2022

Current Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott (pictured in October) is up for re-election in 2022

Republican Gregg Abbott is currently up for reelection in the state in 2021.     

Speaking on The Hugh Hewitt Show in November last year, McConaughey refused to rule out 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 me,’ he said.

‘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.’

Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey (pictured), 51, has not ruled out the prospect of running for Governor of Texas

Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey (pictured), 51, has not ruled out the prospect of running for Governor of Texas

When later asked to expand on his comments, McConaughey said that while he has no plans of becoming involved in politics ‘right now’, he will consider ‘leadership roles’ in the future. 

He said: ‘As I move forward in life, yes, am I gonna consider leadership roles where I can be most useful.

‘I’d love to. I’m doing that regardless.’

McConaughey, who won an Oscar for his role in 2013 AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club, would be one of a series of celebrities who have flirted with, or won, political office in the United States.

They include Presidents Donald Trump and the late Ronald Reagan, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood and former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura.

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