'Survivor's' Rupert Boneham Announces He'll Run for Governor of Indiana
Survivor favorite Rupert Boneham, who appeared on the CBS reality competition series for three seasons, announced on Saturday that he is seeking the Libertarian Party nomination for Indiana governor, the Associated Press reports.
The 47-year-old said at a news conference in Indianapolis that he felt the voters deserved better from the state's government. Boneham also said that he believed he was the best replacement for current governor, Republican Mitch Daniels, who will not be running next year because he has reached his full term. The reason? Because he isn't "beholden to any special interests," he said.
In August, Boneham mulled a run for governor, according to a website that he set up at www.rupertforgovernor.com. At the time, he announced that he had formed an exploratory committee and hoped to make a final decision "in the coming weeks."
"I have spent my entire adult life serving my community and I see an opportunity to make a difference for Indiana," he wrote at the time. "While surveying the current choices for our next governor, I do not see anyone that has an understanding of what daily life is like for many Hoosiers nor anyone who appears to understand the harm that misguided government policies are doing to our communities. It is obvious that career politicians are not the answer because they are often the problem. I will be evaluating whether or not hardworking Hoosiers are ready for a new voice with new ideas."
Boneham won $1 million when he was voted as a fan favorite during the 2004 season of Survivor's all-star season, of which he donated a portion of his winnings to a his charity.
Other candidates seeking to replace Daniels are Republican Mike Pence and former Democratic Indiana House Speaker John Gregg.