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Jack-of-all-trades, actor, Minister of Culture and author Matthew McConaughey is considering adding another high-profile notch to his belt: a run for Texas governor.
On "The Hugh Hewitt Show" Tuesday, the 51-year-old Texas-native stated that he might be interested in the position, that is, when the dust settles and the political climate is able to stabilize.
"That wouldn't be up to me. It would be up to the people more than it would me," McConaughey said. "Look, 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."
Gov. Greg Abbott will be up for reelection in 2022.
McConaughey would not be the first celebrity to run for office by any means. Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California in 2003, Kanye West ran for president this year and Donald Trump, former host of "The Apprentice," is finishing his presidential term this year.
McConaughey said with a new president in office, the country needs time to move forward.
"I want to get behind personal values to rebind our social contracts with each other as Americans, as people again," McConaughey said. "Coming out of the election right now, we've got to stabilize. This country's got to stabilize first before we start to say okay, here's how we're marching out of this together."
When Trump was elected in 2016, McConaughey said that he had friends that were in denial about his election.
"I remember saying well look, regardless of his politics, in the very first, just the first question, what do we say in America is successful? What do we give credit and respect? Well, the top two things are money and fame," McConaughey said. "I said guys, just on a very base level, Trump has those, so I don't know why we should be so surprised that he got elected."
Nothing is set in stone yet but a McConaughey ticket might just be alright, alright, alright.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that Texas will opt out of further federal unemployment benefits related to the pandemic effective June 26, citing the number of current job openings and concern about potentially fraudulent unemployment claims. The benefits include a $300 weekly supplement.
"The Texas economy is booming and employers are hiring communities across the state," Abbott said in a statement. "According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the number of job openings in Texas is almost identical to the number of Texans who are receiving unemployment jobs."
TWC listed 837,273 job openings as of Monday afternoon compared to 226,849 unemployment insurance claims filed statewide between March 31 and May 1. An estimated 1 million Texans were unemployed as of March, according to latest estimates released by the state agency.
Some local business owners, including Doc's Backyard Grill owner Charles Milligan, suspect unemployment benefits are deterring Austinites from returning to work. But others agree with economists who say multiple factors are at play, including health concerns and child care availability.
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Abbott also cited fraudulent unemployment claims. Between March 2020 and April 2021, TWC received 4.48 million unemployment benefit applications, 611,000 or around 14% of which were tagged as suspicious. Most of those tagged were blocked before any benefits were paid out, according to an April 29 press release.
Federal law requires the effective date of such benefits change to be at least 30 days after the U.S. Department of Labor is notified.
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