Politics | March 11, 2021 11:26 am

Matthew McConaughey Says He’s Considering Running for Governor of Texas

The actor says a 2022 run is a "true consideration"

Matthew McConaughey participates in a Q&A after a special screening of his new film "The Gentlemen" at Hogg Memorial Auditorium at The University of Texas at Austin on January 21, 2020 in Austin, Texas.
Matthew McConaughey participates in a Q&A after a screening of his film "The Gentlemen" at Hogg Memorial Auditorium.
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It sounds like Matthew McConaughey is feeling alright, alright, alright about potentially entering the world of politics and throwing his hat into the ring in the 2022 race for governor of Texas.

McConaughey revealed that he’s thinking about entering the race in his home state, where Republican Gov. Greg Abbott will be up for re-election, during a recent appearance on Houston’s The Balanced Voice podcast. After being asked about whether or not he’ll run by host Rania Mankarious, the actor replied, “It’s a true consideration.”

“I’m looking into now again, what is my leadership role?” McConaughey said. “Because I do think I have some things to teach and share, and what is my role? What’s my category in my next chapter of life that I’m going into?”

He was a little more coy about it when asked about going into politics on The Hugh Hewitt Show back in November, saying, “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. 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.”

Should he decide to run, it’ll be interesting to see what party he affiliates himself with and where he stands on certain issues. Back in January, McConaughey caught some heat for appearing on the podcast of controversial “men’s rights” advocate Jordan Peterson, and he has talked a lot about “cancel culture” and what he has dubbed “the illiberal left” in recent interviews.