Actor Matthew McConaughey says he’s not running for governor of Texas

Matthew McConaughey will not be running for political office after all.

The acclaimed actor has officially put the kibosh on rumors that he would try to unseat Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), The Hollywood Reporter revealed, despite polls showing that McConaughey could possibly win the race.

“Humbling and inspiring”

The Oscar-winning True Detective and Dallas Buyers Club actor shared the news in an Instagram video Sunday. McConaughey told his followers that he was humbled by the level of support he has seen, but that he has no plans to go into politics now.

“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,” McConaughey said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Texas native had left many surprised when he became the latest celebrity to float a political career.

While it’s not unusual for celebrities to make a splash in the headlines with rumors of political aspirations that eventually fizzle out, a Dallas Morning News poll led some to take the rumors about McConaughey more seriously than the usual gossip.

According to the poll, the actor would have defeated Abbott by eight points in a one-on-one race, as well as Democrat Beto O’Rourke by 20 points.

Versatile actor, political chameleon?

But “politician” is one role that the versatile actor is apparently not interested in for the time being.

Unlike the average aggressively liberal Hollywood star, McConaughey has kept his political views private.

He may have struck some as even conservative — by Hollywood standards, anyway — when he criticized cancel culture and the “illiberal” left for looking down on the rest of the country. But McConaughey has also called Texas’s abortion ban “juvenile.”

He attracted the attention of mainstream media thought police when he said that children should not be forced to take the coronavirus vaccine. He has described his politics as “aggressively centrist” and didn’t object to being called “center-right” in a recent interview with Hugh Hewitt.

“I still question how much you can really get done in politics, and I don’t know if politics is my avenue to get what maybe I am best equipped to get done,” McConaughey said, according to the Daily Mail.

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