Indiana has term limits on how many times a person can run for re-election as governor. The current governor, Republican Mitch Daniels has reached his term limits so he cannot run for re-election, leaving the field wide open.
This past weekend, Rupert Boneham announced that he is running for the governor’s seat. While many may not recognize the full name of this new candidate who is jumping into the political arena for the first time, you will recognize the photo of him in his tie-dye shirt and shaggy hair and beard.
Rupert appeared on three seasons of the popular reality show, Survivor. His first appearance was on Survivor: Pearl Island where he was known as the ‘gentle giant’ and finished in 8th place. On Survivor: All Stars Rupert finished in 4th place and was voted the fan favorite in a special nationwide voting, earning him a $1 million prize. Rupert’s final appearance on the show occurred on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains where he finished in 6th place.
In his announcement on Saturday, Rupert said he is seeking the Libertarian Party nomination. Rupert said he is ‘not beholden to any special interest’ and that he feels the voters in the state deserve better than what the current political establishment has yielded.
There is no doubt that Rupert was an audience favorite, but will that be enough to help him win the leadership of the State of Indiana. However, if wrestler Jesse Ventura can get elected as governor of Minnesota, then anything’s possible. In today’s climate of political distrust and dissatisfaction, perhaps someone with no political experience may have a better chance that you think.