Early yesterday morning, Jason Isbell was asked by a fan if he’d ever have any interest in running for office as election day had arrived. The country musician has frequently been vocal about his political stances and interactive on social media — so naturally, Isbell shared his answer. And the truth was: he had.
“I have considered it, but I’m gonna need about another ten years of study and I’d like our kid to be settled into her self before she has to deal with a politician parent,” he responded. “We’ll see if we still have a democracy in a decade.”
“I wouldn’t run for anything unless I knew every detail of the job in advance,” Isbell added.
I have considered it, but I’m gonna need about another ten years of study and I’d like our kid to be settled into her self before she has to deal with a politician parent. We’ll see if we still have a democracy in a decade. https://t.co/c9C7BsmoTQ
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) November 8, 2022
Isbell, who is based in Nashville, has also supported a number of candidates over the years, including Alabama’s Democratic senator Doug Jones, Beto O’Rourke, and more. Last November, he even promised to drop a Texas cover album if O’Rourke had beaten Greg Abbott in this race. “If you need a singer for anything, you just call,” Isbell responded on O’Rourke’s announcement that he was running for Texas Governor.
You need a singer for anything, you just call. https://t.co/cz10grsOaH
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) November 15, 2021
“I know the people here, even the ones I strongly disagree with on personal and professional issues,” he told Billboard in 2020. “I know them and grew up around them, and I know what makes ’em happy and what makes ’em scared. With that in mind, I feel like it’s important to speak to those people and not ignore them and not try to hide in your own bubble.
Continue scrolling to view some fan reactions to Isbell’s post.
Campaign Manager: "Do you have any skeletons in your closet we should know about?"
Jason Isbell: *drops a stack of CDs on the table*
— Dru Dawg 🇺🇦🌻 (@dawg_dru) November 8, 2022
I was an eight year old little girl when my Dad ran for state representative in Mississippi. The whole thing was very confusing and stressful for me and honestly, it effects me to this day. Your answer here is very thoughtful, Mr. Isbell. Kudos.
— Ragpickers Dream (@watusilou) November 8, 2022
Hats off to you Jason. You are a good person.
— Onjo (@brucefruity) November 8, 2022
Great, thoughtful answer. When/if you are ready, I think you would have a ton of support.
— b d wildeman (@bdwildeman) November 8, 2022