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November 30, 2021

Actor Matthew McConaughey ended speculation Sunday by announcing that he’s decided not to run for Governor of Texas. He said, "As a simple kid born in the little town of Uvalde, Texas, it never occurred to me that I would one day be considered for political leadership. It's a humbling and inspiring path to ponder. It is also a path that I am choosing not to take at this moment."

Even though a recent poll showed him as the frontrunner against both incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and the Harold Stassen of our time, Democrat “Beto” O’Rourke, I can certainly understand why Matthew wouldn’t want to give up being a successful and beloved movie star to take on the heavy work and brickbats of being a Governor (salary in Texas: $153,750.)

Polls can be deceiving, too. At this early stage, all the respondents know is the cool guy from the movies. But the glamor disappears fast once you get into the 24-hour colonoscopy of running for office. You have to take positions on issues that some people will strongly disagree with (and if you don’t, you’re criticized for that, too.) Matthew has some views that are conservative and some that are liberal, which means he’d face attacks from both sides.

I’ve read his recent book, “Green Lights,” and was impressed. Even more so when I interviewed him on TBN.

He seems to be a rare celebrity who has his head screwed on straight, and maybe this decision on staying out of politics is just more proof of that.

In the meantime, it’s bad news for Democrats, for whom a wild card McConaughey candidacy was their best shot at unseating a Republican Governor in 2022. But they still have “Beto,” and it’s reported that fools with money (I’m assuming from outside Texas) have already pumped $2 million into his latest quixotic run. That’s money that won’t be going to Democrats who have a chance of winning, so it’s “Awright, awright, awright” with me.

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  • Byron Samuel

    04/16/2022 10:08 AM

    A bit of advice for Texas voters stick with Gov.Abbot and be happy that you have that choice!

  • Robert G. Corso

    11/30/2021 06:15 PM

    Truthfully, I think it's a foolish thing to let anyone run for President who has not at least been
    the Governor of a state. Or had considerable knowledge and background in running hugh
    corporations, etc. Look at the people these morons have elected. Obama and Biden didn't
    even run a company before, and look what you've got. CRAP! Obama's 1st large assignment
    was to build a large tenement house in the ghettos and a year later the damn thing was condemned because it was made so poorly they had to tear it down. What a joke! And look at Biden! A total embarrassment to the United States. As they say, living proof that anyone can become President!

  • Sharon Faulkner

    11/30/2021 10:32 AM

    Did you know that both Dale Evans and Anthony Quinn were born and raised in Uvalde Texas?