‘Survivor’ winner on ballot for governor of Indiana
Former reality TV star Rupert Boneham said he thinks he has a real shot at becoming Indiana’s next governor after being nominated as a third-party choice Saturday.
The fan favorite from 2004’s “Survivor: All-stars” was unopposed for the Libertarian Party’s nomination, which came during the party’s state convention in Indianapolis.
“My aim, honestly, is to win governor,” Mr. Boneham said in an interview with the Associated Press. “I really feel I have a strong chance of pulling not just the Libertarian vote, but the independent vote, the undecided vote, and maybe even some votes from Democrats and Republicans.”
He will face Republican Mike Pence and Democrat John Gregg in November’s gubernatorial election. Current Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is limited to two terms and cannot run again.
“We have a governor’s candidate in Rupert Boneham that can reach out to the 70 percent of the population that does not vote, and bring them into the process,” said Sam Goldstein, the state chairman, in a statement. “He brings a level of name ID that our previous candidates have not had, which is important in politics.”
The tie-dye-wearing Mr. Boneham won $1 million on the “Survivor” series and donated some of the prize to his Rupert’s Kids charity, which provides mentoring and job training to at-risk youths.
Mr. Boneham said he’s been a Libertarian for more than 20 years but didn’t become active in the party until this year. He said he wants less government intrusion at the state level, especially in education.