In a statement on his website, Rupert Boneham says he does not think any of the major party candidates for governor know what daily life is like for many Hoosiers. As a result, Boneham formed an exploratory committee for a run for governor, saying he sees an opportunity to make a difference in Indiana.
The former reality star currently runs a charity, Rupert’s Kids, aimed at helping at-risk Indianapolis teens and young adults. Libertarian Party of Indiana Executive Director Chris Spangle says while he had concerns Boneham’s candidacy could be seen as a stunt or gimmick, he ultimately believes it would help the party.
“I think this would give us a platform to really talk about what a libertarian truly is and I think it’s an exciting opportunity,” Spangle said. “We’ll just wait and see how it turns out.”
Indiana’s Libertarian Party nominates its candidate for governor at its convention in April. Spangle said he thinks Boneham is the only candidate so far.