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Matthew McConaughey announces he will not be seeking Texas governorship ‘at this time’

Actor Matthew McConaughey announced on Sunday night that he will not run for Texas governor, possibly removing one obstacle for Beto O’Rourke, the former Democratic congressman, looking to defeat Republican Greg Abbott for the position.

McConaughey had long been on the verge of starting a campaign, potentially as an independent. McConaughey’s announcement came just two weeks before the deadline to declare a run for the office.

“Hey everybody,” he said in a video posted to social media, “McConaughey here. Listen, over the past two years, I’ve been working on the answer to the question of how I can be most useful in this life going forward. Useful to myself, useful to my family and to the most amount of people. One category of service I’ve been exploring is politics. I’ve been considering a run for governor in Texas.”

After adding some other commentary about “sharing our share,” children as “our greatest asset,” service and leadership – including “as a politician, star quarterback, a mother, father, husband, wife, brother, friend, mentor, or teacher,” McConaughey said he would not be seeking office.

“As a simple kid born in the little town of Uvalde, Texas, it never occurred to me that I would one day be considered for political leadership. It’s a humbling and inspiring path to ponder. It is also a path that I’m choosing not to take at this moment,” he added.

The 52-year-old actor said he would instead look to support “businesses and foundations that I believe are leaders, establishments that I believe are creating pathways for people to succeed in life, organizations that have a mission to serve and build trust and dream.” Among Democratic voters, many feared McConaughey’s run would split votes.

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NME.COM

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