Earlier this year, we first heard the news that Rupert Boneham was forming an exploratory committee in order to help determine whether or not to run for the office of Governor of Indiana.
Now, the former “Survivor” all-star (who is to this day the only castaway to ever have a million dollars given to him by America) has made the announcement official. In a statement, the bearded charity organizer (who is also known for his famous “roars” and tie-dye shirts) had this to say about the decision to run as a Libertarian candidate:
“It’s time for a change in Indiana. Hoosiers have consistently voted in professional politicians and look at the results. Hoosiers should have a different choice in 2012. Through my experiences running my small businesses and my nonprofits, I have witnessed firsthand the dysfunctional state of our current government. We have to move in a different direction, and we can’t turn the reins of government over to the same politicians that created the mess.
“I am in a unique position to bring together Hoosiers of all walks of life to serve our state. I am not beholden to any special interests. I have only one interest: Empowering Hoosiers to give back to their communities. If the government puts up roadblocks, then they should be repealed.
“Many people are aware of me through one small aspect of my life, which was my time on Survivor. I’ve come up from humble beginnings to own and operate several small businesses. I was then on this reality TV show that allowed me a platform to raise money for my charity, Rupert’s Kids. Through that work I’ve been blessed, and I’ve put almost everything back in to my community. I am looking forward to telling Hoosiers my entire story.”
Rupert was certainly popular on a reality TV show for many years, but political office is an entirely different beast — and considering that candidates who aren’t Republicans or Democrats are rarely taken seriously, he has his work cut out for him.
Do you think Rupert has any chance at all?