Matthew McConaughey Expertly Dodges Questions About Running For Governor Of Texas
Matthew McConaughey. Serious actor. Professor. Poet/Memoirist/Whatever that book was supposed to be. And possibly, one day in the future, Governor of Texas? Maybe. While some citizens of Texas might be thinking, “I guess that’s alright alright alright if no one else is available?“, Matthew might be tossing around the idea of one day running for Governor of his home state. But he won’t confirm it.
In the grand tradition of entertainment industry types dabbling in politics, sometimes successfully, sometimes not, Ol’ Twangy Beard has engaged in discussions about his possible gubernatorial dreams twice this week in two different interviews. TMZ says that Matthew spoke with radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt earlier this week about his new memoir/poetry book Greenlights. The conversation turned to politics, which Matthew has been known to do (apologies to Kurt Russell). And while Matthew wouldn’t confirm he’s thinking about running for Governor of Texas, he hasn’t ruled it out. via TMZ:
[Matthew] said that “it would be up to the people more than it would me” … when asked if he would consider a gubernatorial campaign. MM also told Hugh, “Politics seems to be a broken business to me right now. And when politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested.”
Matthew is currently the Minister of Culture at the University of Texas, and he explained (in pretty vague terms) to Hugh Hewitt that he had some big plans, not just for the students, but for the people of Texas. So make of that what you will. I mean it, make whatever you can from it. It sounds like Matthew McConaughey recorded this interview through a 2002 Logitech clip-on webcam.
The second time Matthew talked politics was on Wednesday night’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Stephen Colbert came right out and asked him to confirm the rumor that he was thinking of running for Governor of Texas. He says he has no interest in that “right now.”
And once again, Matthew stressed that that decision would be up to “a lot of people,” before adding:
“Look, right now – no. I don’t get politics. Politics seems to be a broke business. Politics needs to redefine its purpose. And so, as I move forward in life, yes, am I going to consider leadership roles where I can be most useful? I’d love to, I’m doing that regardless. That’s where I sit right now.”
That whole part about politics being a broken business absolutely sounds like the beginning of a campaign speech where Matthew declares he’s the right person to fix it, just like how he bravely stepped up and fixed his broken relationship with Andie at the end of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. I don’t really believe him when he says he’s not interested in running for Governor of Texas. It wouldn’t be so bad, either. Sure he’s got zero experience in politics, but who cares? He’s got a passion for helping the people of Texas. And what could Matthew do for Texas that no other Governor has done? Legalize recreational weed! The stoner in him would have to. The downside is that he would also replace the Texas state song with a 15-minute bongo solo.