Matthew McConaughey won’t run for Texas governor in 2022

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FILE – Actor Matthew McConaughey attends A+E Network’s “HISTORYTalks: Leadership and Legacy” on Feb. 29, 2020, in New York. The Oscar winner, known for such films as “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Magic Mike,” didn’t want to write an ordinary celebrity book. “This is not a traditional memoir, or an advice book, but rather a playbook based on adventures in my life,” McConaughey said in a statement about “Greenlights,” which comes out Oct. 20. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Actor Matthew McConaughey isn’t running for Texas governor after months of publicly flirting with the idea of becoming the latest celebrity candidate.

The 52-year-old Academy Award winner said in a video posted Sunday night that political leadership was not a route he was choosing to take “at this moment.” He said he would instead focus on supporting businesses and foundations that he said are creating pathways for others to succeed.

The Texas governor’s race is already shaping up to be one of the nation’s highest-profile contests in 2022.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is seeking a third term and Democrat Beto O’Rourke, coming off failed bids for the U.S. Senate and president, announced month that he was getting in the race.

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