Matthew G. Saroff
2 min readNov 29, 2021

Matthew McConaughey has announced that he will not be running for Governor of Texas, which means that the hot mess that is Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke will be running and losing as a Democrat.

We’re going to see a repeat of O’Rourke’s performance in the Presidential primaries, a lot of early buzz, a lot of campaign funds raised and spent, and no results.

Unfortunately, this will suck all the air of important down-ballot races:

The actor and author Matthew McConaughey announced on Sunday that he would not run for governor of Texas for now, after months of weighing whether he would seek the office.

In a video posted on Twitter and Instagram, Mr. McConaughey, 52, said running for governor is a “humbling and inspiring path to ponder.”

“It is also a path that I’m choosing not to take at this moment,” he said.

Mr. McConaughey’s announcement came about two weeks before the candidate filing deadline for the Texas primary, and about two weeks after Beto O’Rourke, a former El Paso congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, announced his run for the office against Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican.

It’s a tough election, facing an election across the state that favors Republicans, the Cook PVI has Texas at R+5, and O’Rourke’s only victory was in a solidly Democratic district.

Yet again, the Dems are going with a great white hope with feet of clay.