In a recent interview, Academy Award winner Mathew McConaughey said he would consider running for Governor of Texas. The actor discussed other entertainers that have made the transition to politics, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Jesse Ventura and even President Donald Trump.
Texas Governor McConaughey?
Mathew McConaughey is making his rounds on the podcast circuit to promote his new memoir, “Greenlight.” In a recent interview on the Hugh Hewitt show he was asked if he would consider running for Governor in his home state of Texas.
He replied, “I wouldn’t be opposed to that. But ultimately it would be up to the people.” McConaughey was born and raised in The Lone Star State. He currently resides in Austin with his family.
“Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now,” McConaughey said during the podcast. “When politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested. You know, 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 has stayed active in his community over the years. He’s been a guest professor at the University of Texas in Austin since 2015 where he teaches a film class.
During the COVID-19 panic earlier this year, the famous actor hit the road with his wife to donate and deliver more than 100,000 masks to rural Texas hospitals. The next governor’s race is in 2022 and current Governor Greg Abbott is up for re-election.
Film star turned politician
McConaughey noted that the political arena has been incredibly divisive lately and he’d like to see things cool down a bit before he gets involved.
“I want to get behind personal values to rebind our social contracts with each other as Americans, as people,” he said. “This country’s got to stabilize first before we start to say, ‘OK, here’s how we’re marching out of this together forward.’”