WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Actor Matthew McConaughey said this week he is still “measuring” a potential gubernatorial run in Texas next year.
- A recent poll released this week revealed McConaughey was leading Governor Greg Abbott, 44 percent to 35 percent.
- The actor lives in Austin with his family — his wife Camila Alves, their three kids and his mom, Kay.
Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey says he’s still “measuring” a potential gubernatorial run in his home state of Texas in 2022.
In his recent guesting on the Set It Straight: Myths and Legends podcast, the 51-year-old Academy Award winner made it clear that he hasn’t ruled out anything.
When the band members of Midland, who host the show, urged McConaughey to run for Texas governor next year, he said, “I’m measuring it.”
Then, the Dallas Buyers Club actor went on to say, “Look, it’s going to be in some capacity. I just, I’m more a folk singing-philosopher-poet statesman than I am a, per se, definitive politician. So I go: Well, that’s a reason not to. But then I go: No, that’s exactly why you should — because politics needs redefinition. But I’m measuring: What is my category? What’s my embassy?”
McConaughey and his family — his wife Camila Alves, their three kids and his mom, Kay — are Austin residents.
“I have to remain a storyteller,” he explained. “I’ve been given that gift. I love doing it. I have to remain an artist. I’ve earned my right to enjoy that Saturday night part of life, that music part of life. It has to have music to it.”
He continued, “Now if that’s the category to be able to do that in, which would be different than some people have done it up to now, maybe it’s for me. But maybe it’s also in a whole new category that I just create and we’ll see.”
The hosts said a politician really should be “is a storyteller of the future,” a description McConaughey liked. They also called him a leader who inspires people and makes them laugh.
McConaughey is not affiliated with a certain party.
Since March, McConaughey has been flirting with a run for governor. According to polls, Texans seem to like his style. Poll data released this week, collected by Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler, showed McConaughey was leading Governor Greg Abbott, 44 percent to 35 percent.
Pollsters like McConaughey for “his honesty and ability” to “tell it like it is.” They also like his “values.”
Meanwhile, former congressman Beto O’Rourke is also reportedly thinking on entering the 2022 race, but the same poll showed him behind Abbott.
Source: Yahoo News!