‘Sur­vivor’ win­ner on bal­lot for gov­er­nor of In­di­ana

The Washington Times Daily - - Television -

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.

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