Is Matthew McConaughey Planning to Run for Office? Here’s What the Actor Has to Say
In his hometown of Texas, Matthew McConaughey is pretty hands-on when it comes to community and social activities; he is the owner of the Austin FC soccer team and teaches filmography at the University of Texas where he also serves as the Minister of Culture.
Inspiration For Many
McConaughey’s career switch had undoubtedly shocked the world, making many fans disappointed that he might never return to the big screen again. But his role at the University holds a very special place in his heart for reasons that aren’t related to performance arts.
In addition to his social activities, McConaughey is also actively involved in philanthropy; his just keep livin Foundation is a non-profit organization that employs people to make apparel items like shirts, hats and accessories and a portion of the proceeds go directly to the foundation as a charity.
Being an integral part of the social and cultural persona of his hometown, one would assume the next natural step for the superstar would be a political leadership role.
McConaughey is His Own Hero
And McConaughey does not disagree. In his own words, the world of politics lacks the heroism needed to lead our society but he is confident that he is the right man for the job.
This statement came in the wake of the announcement that the actor was considering a candidacy for Agricultural Commissioner for the state of Texas, whereby he would run against candidates from the Democratic and Republican primaries in November’s general election.
In order to get his candidacy approved, McConaughey requires 5,000 signatures of approval by August 18 and should he subsequently choose to run, he would face off against Kinky Friedman and Jim Hogan in a bid to represent the Democrat party against Republican candidates Sid Miller or Tommy Merritt.
This nomination is considered by many to be a ploy by Democrats to leverage McConaughey’s celebrity and film star status to level the playing field in Texas, where the party has not won state office positions since 1994.
A Legacy steeped in Film
McConaughey moved back to Texas along with wife Camila Alves, sons Levi, 11 and Livingston, 7, and daughter Vida, 10 in a bit to reunite with their ancestral roots.
The actor hopes that his career in Hollywood, philanthropy, and politics will help forge his legacy, which he admits is something he has given a lot of thought to especially now that he has a stable career, a family and a very strong brand that might help him gain support.
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