Matthew McConaughey says he’ll run for Texas governor only if ‘useful’

Matthew McConaughey watches player warmups before the game between the Texas Longhorns and the LSU Tigers at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in September 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Tim Warner/Getty Images/TNS)
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Matthew McConaughey hasn’t ruled out running for governor of Texas but says he’ll only consider it if he can make himself “useful” in the role.

In an interview with Kara Swisher on the New York Times’ “Sway” podcast, the Texas-born actor described American politics as a “broken business” and explained that he would not run to unseat incumbent Republican Greg Abbott in 2022 unless he felt he could make a difference as an elected official.

“I could arguably have more influence as an informal leader than a formal leader,” McConaughey said, referring to his philanthropic efforts as a private citizen.

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The “Interstellar” star said he supports a mask mandate, which Abbott has banned in the state, and came out in opposition to the recently-passed S-B8, a law which effectively bans abortions after six weeks, describing it as “little juvenile in its implementation.”

Speculation about a possible run has been building for months. In September, McConaughey said that he was “measuring” a run for office in the Lone Star state. Recent polling shows him in a competitive race with Abbott, who is seeking reelection.

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