American actor Matthew McConaughey has announced that he will not compete for the governorate of Texas in 2022. – This is an inspiring path worth considering. It is also a path that I have decided not to take at the moment – he said on Sunday about his possible start. According to foreign media, the actor’s decision is a chance for the Democratic Party’s candidate Beto O’Rourke to defeat the Republican governor Greg Abbott who is running for a third term.
“As a simple kid from Uvalde, Texas, it never occurred to me that one day I would be seen as a political leader. This is an inspirational path worth considering. It is also a path that I have decided not to take at the moment – said 52-year-old Matthew McConaughey in a video published on social media. The actor’s declaration ends the months of speculation about his political ambitions that came after McConaughey in March this year publicly announcedthat he is seriously considering running in the elections.
The actor admitted that he learned “a lot” by observing what was happening in Texas and in American politics, which he believes “need new goals”. “There are divisions among us that require healing,” he added. He assured that he would continue to support local entrepreneurs and foundations.
Texas governor election
Texas governor elections will be held in 2022. In mid-November, Democrat Beto O’Rourke announced his intention to apply for this position. Former Texas congressman – who unsuccessfully ran for a senatorial seat in 2018 and for the nomination of his party in the US presidential election in 2020 – is perceived by many Democratic Party members as the only chance to win over the third-term Republican Greg Abbott .
Matthew McConaughey has not previously revealed which party he would like to apply for the governor’s seat. According to the British “The Guardian”, his decision may turn out to be an opportunity for the Democratic candidate. According to a poll for The Dallas Morning News, twice as many voters indicated they would rather support an actor than O’Rourke, The New York Times reported. In a hypothetical clash of three candidates, Greg Abbott could count for the most votes – 37 percent -. 27 percent of voters would support McConaughey and 26 percent – Beto O’Rourke.
Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey
McConaughey made his name on the big screen with his performance in Joel Schumacher’s acclaimed “Killing Time” (1996), where he played an attorney (receiving the MTV Movie Award for his breakthrough performance). Before he conquered Hollywood, it was with the law that he had his future in mind. He studied law for three years before turning it into a film faculty. In 2014, he received an Oscar for the leading role in the movie “Welcome to the club”.
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