What do you do after being a Reality TV star? Run for Indiana Governor on the Libertarian Party ticket! That is what Rupert Boneham is doing. The ′Survivor′ fan favorite announced his candidacy today in Indianapolis. He′ll be facing Mike Pence, the GOP candidate, and John Gregg, for the Democrats. Rupert burst into America′s living rooms wearing a tie-dye hippy t-shirt in 2003 as a contestant on ′Survivor: Pearl Islands′, which had a pirate theme. Rupert was ideal casting with his hulking physique and thick black beard. His first act was to steal the other tribe′s shoes and trade them for food and supplies. In 2004, he won the $1 million dollar grand prize for ′Survivor: All Stars′, and used the money to start Rupert′s Kids, a non-profit group that helps troubled teens. He may be the ideal candidate to promote Libertarianism in the Hoosier state where he is well known and loved.
Rupert also won the ′Survivor: America′s Tribal Council′ vote, which awarded him a second $1 million dollar rize, earning 80% of some 38 million votes cast. Aside from his work in the community, Boneham also started his own business, Tournament Towers, which fields ten crews across the nation setting up equipment for TV networks covering NFL football games. Some of his clients include ESPN and NBC′s ′Sunday Night Football.″ He′s appeared on a few TV shows as well as once being in a commercial for Hardee′s. Boneham also sells and is an advocate for Boresha Coffee, which claims to help in weight loss. So what do these past experiences do to prepare him for being governor of Indiana?
Rupert Boneham writes on his official website ″I have spent my entire adult life serving my community and I see an opportunity to make a difference for Indiana.″ Rupert adds, ″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.″ Well said, Rupert!
Rupert Boneham, 47, has announced his candidacy to be the Indiana Governor under the Libertarian Party flag today. Promoting Libertarianism to the Hoosier state, Boneham will face Mike Pence and John Gregg. The ′Survivor′ fan favorite of the longest running Reality TV game show series, Boneham faces a tough challenge going up against the two major political parties. Indiana did give Bob Barr, the 2008 Libertarian presidential candidate, the highest percentage of any state, about 5.8%. So can Rupert turn his star-power into raw votes? This may be a race worth watching!