'A short-term inconvenience for long-term freedom:' Matthew McConaughey talks masking, running for Texas governor
"I'm not believing you're really scared of this little cotton thing," McConaughey said. "Let's all take one for the team here."
McConaughey's rare take on the political divide during the pandemic comes as the actor continues to tease the possibility of running for Texas governor.
"I think I've got some gifts as a leader, I've got some gifts as a learner, and a listener, and a teacher," McConaughey said. "What's my category, though? Where am I most useful?"
McConaughey expounded on the topic more during his Carlos Watson Show interview, when he said long-term results are more important than "putting a bunch of Band-Aids on that are gonna be ripped off as soon as I'm out (of office)."
McConaughey remained coy about whether politics is the right arena for him. "We try to teach our kids delayed gratification, but we don't like to think about further than tomorrow — we need immediate results," McConaughey said. "I'm interested in building something that can last, and I'm measuring what category that is. I don't know if that's politics."
McConaughey has addressed running for governor before—several times, actually—but the jack-of-all-trades has never committed to his latest public venture. His dabbles in sports (see Austin FC ownership), movies and philanthropy have made him a Texas icon through the years, and a recent poll conducted by the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler found that McConaughey would beat Abbott 45% to 33%.
Still, many argue that McConaughey would not be "alright, alright, alright" in the governor's office, citing his lack of experience and unclear political leanings.
His latest comments on masking are among the most political he's made in recent months, however, and could put him on track to win more votes come November 2022.
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The original Z’Tejas location on West 6th Street is closing its doors after more than 30 years on the lot to make way for new development.
Z'Tejas owner Randy Cohen told Austonia the restaurant will be open at least through the end of 2022, possibly through March 2023.
Cohen said the owners—Larry McGuire of McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality—of the land have something new planned, though he’s not exactly sure what. Additionally, Cohen said maintenance costs for the old building were becoming prohibitively expensive.
“I think the people who own the dirt will tear it all down and build condos or some other development,” Cohen said. “I mean, it's a 60-year-old building, Z'Tejas has been here for 33 years and before that, it was something else. So it's just progress, that's all."
The restaurant isn’t going away though—Cohen said Z’Tejas is already looking for a new spot in the downtown area to move into. Z’Tejas also has a location in Avery Ranch, another in the works for Kyle and two in Arizona.
“We have all our ducks in a row right now and the management team is all rowing in the right direction,” Cohen said. “We're just excited, we're excited to build this iconic brand back.”
Once he finds a new place, Cohen plans to bring along its mural, “The Last Zupper,” which features Willie Nelson, Matthew McConaughey and Barbara Jordan. Cohen also plans for the adjoining ghost kitchen, Woo Woo Burgers, to follow to the new downtown location.
“We're still booking events through the end of December,” Cohen said. “Come ‘Z' me at Z’Tejas, we'd love to see you before we’re gone.”
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Two towers could be coming just south of the Austin American-Statesman’s former headquarters in the South Central Waterfront district.
According to city filings, the proposed planned unit development agreement is set for 200 East Riverside Drive, an area Project Connect’s Blue Line is slated to pass by someday.
Carrying this out involves removing the existing building, which is a state office complex and surface parking.
The new towers in place would reach just over 400 feet at their maximum and include office space and space for retail on the ground level. The mix of office and retail is a trend that’s been cropping up in downtown sites like the Perennial and the Meta tower.
The proposal on a plot of about four acres aims to incorporate green infrastructure and create a lively environment for pedestrians. It’d also be adjacent to the 118-acres of the South Central Waterfront Initiative, which is aimed at enhancing connections to and along the waterfront over the next couple of decades.
The filing lists architects STG Design, a group involved with work on the sailboat-like Google tower.
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