"Survivor" fan favorite mulls run for governor

Former "Survivor" contestant Rupert Boneham, shown in this May 19, 2010 file photo as he attends the CBS Upfront presentation in New York, has formed an exploratory committee to possibly seek the Libertarian Party's nomination for Indiana governor. He said on his campaign website that the current field of candidates doesn't understand the problems average Hoosiers face. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File) AP Photo

Former "Survivor" contestant Rupert Boneham, shown in this May 19, 2010
Former "Survivor" contestant Rupert Boneham, shown in this May 19, 2010
AP Photo
INDIANAPOLIS (CBS/AP) One of the most beloved "Survivor" contestant of all tme is considering a run for the Indiana governorship.

Rupert Boneham, who competed in three different "Survivor" seasons including "Survivor: All Stars," has formed an exploratory committee to possibly seek the Libertarian Party's nomination for governor of Indiana

Pictures: "Survivor: Pearl Islands"
Pictures: "Survivor: All Stars"
Pictures: "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains"

A mentor for troubled teens, Boneham said on his campaign website that the current field of candidates doesn't understand the problems average Hoosiers face. He cited his extensive charity work on behalf of troubled teenagers as his chief qualities.

The bushy-bearded Boneham, known for wearing tie-dyed shirts, competed in 2003 on "Survivor: Pearl Island'' and has been on the All-Star and Heroes vs. Villains games as well.

And he's a proven vote getter: After the All-Star game, he was voted fan favorite and awarded a $1 million prize. In a nationwide popular vote, he received 85 percent of the votes cast. He used some of the prize money to establish Rupert's Kids, a foundation for at-risk teens

If he runs, Boneham will join a field dominated by Republican Congressman Mike Pence and former Democratic Indiana House Speaker John Gregg.

Gov. Mitch Daniels can't run for re-election next year because of term limits.

  • CBS News Staff

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