Rupert Boneham knows something about backstabbing and alliance building from his multiple turns on the reality series “Survivor.” Well, he’ll have to use those skills and more in his next effort, running for Indiana governor.
The 47-year-old Boneham announced Saturday (Oct. 22) that he’s vying for the Libertarian Party nomination. He started an exploratory committee for the run in late August.
“I have only one interest: Empowering Hoosiers to give back to their communities. If the government puts up roadblocks, then they should be repealed,” Boneham says in a statement.
He continues, “Hoosiers have consistently voted in professional politicians and look at the results. Hoosiers should have a different choice in 2012.”
Boneham joins a crowded field of contenders looking to replace outgoing Governor Mitch Daniels who has to leave due to term limits. Other candidates include Republican Rep. Mike Pence and former Democratic Indiana House Speaker John Gregg.
As for Boneham’s prospects, the state chairman of the Libertarian Party Sam Goldstein says he’s “very excited” about the “Survivor” star joining the fray.
“His nomination would be a great asset to the party and I look forward to working with him and his campaign team should he win the nomination at our convention next spring,” Goldstein says in a statement.
For the last 20 years, Boneham has been helping at-risk youth through his own charity.