'Survivor' Fan Favorite to Run for Indiana Governor

October 25, 2011 - 1:45 AM
Survivor Indiana Governor

FILE - In this May 19, 2010 file photo, former "Survivor" contestant Rupert Boneham poses for a photo as he attends the CBS Upfront presentation in New York. Boneham, 47, announced Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, that he's seeking the Libertarian Party nomination for Indiana governor, saying he wants to take on the state's political establishment because he feels voters deserve better. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)

Indianapolis (AP) — Rupert Boneham earned a nifty $1 million as the fan favorite on 2004's "Survivor: All-Stars." Now the bushy-bearded, tie-dye-wearing Boneham is hoping Indiana voters will find him just as charming.

The 47-year-old Boneham announced Saturday that he's seeking the Libertarian Party nomination for Indiana governor. He told reporters in Indianapolis that he's the best man for the job because he thinks voters have been failed by the "professional politicians" they've always elected.

Boneham put some of his 'Survivor' winnings toward establishing a charity, Rupert's Kids, that provides mentoring and job training for troubled teens.

GOP Rep. Mike Pence and former Democratic Indiana House Speaker John Gregg are the early favorites to replace Daniels, who can't run again because he reached his term limit.