Monday, October 24, 2011
Boneham Seeking Libertarian Nod
I'm sure you've heard it by now. Rupert Boneham wants to be your Governor. The celebrity of Survivor fame announced on Saturday that he was seeking the Libertarian nomination for Governor. It will certainly make this 2012 race for Indiana Governor that much more compelling.
Boneham, should he receive the nomination, will most certainly be included in the debates and certainly will receive lots of national press for his run. It will make this more of a nationally-interesting race.
It's too early to say just how hard Rupert will run at the nomination or how this will affect the already developing landscape. Before he came in, it was shaping up to be pretty interesting anyway.
On the Republican side, you have Mike Pence, the ultra-conservative, Tea Party-backed, fundraising machine against Jim Wallace, the moderate, mostly self-financed businessman with a former fighter pilot background.
Former Indiana Speaker of the House John Gregg is the major Democrat in the race. Gregg's homespun, self-deprecating manner hide a shrewd legislator that rose to the highest levels of the state legislature before stepping aside to be a good father. Well, John's boys are all grown up now, and he's ready to step back into the fight.
Pence is the frontrunner for the Republicans, and Gregg is running practically alone for the Democratic nod. Many political pundits thought this was Pence's race to lose should he get through the Primary, but others, like me, have said that John Gregg, a pro-gun, pro-life, and moderate Democrat should not be overlooked as a force to be reckoned with.
Now enter Boneham. He's definitely a political neophyte, but he's won elections before. After all, he was the "People's Choice" on Survivor winning him a $1,000,000 jackpot. Boneham has built a ton of good will towards him for his work as a youth advocate and philanthropist. His rags-to-riches story is inspiring. All of that goes on the table in a political campaign. Will the voters buy in to Boneham's positions on the issues?
He's already establishing himself as anti-union. Abdul gleefully reported on his new Indy Politics site that Boneham supports the Right to Work (for less) legislation at the Statehouse. That likely will not win him too many moderate Democratic votes. People will now start paying attention to Boneham in an entirely new way.
Will the star of Survivor be able to stand up in that climate where not everyone likes you all the time? We shall see. His entry into the race has already brought a national focus. Type Rupert Boneham Governor into any search engine and national articles pop up.
The way I see it, Boneham needs to decide now how he is going to run. Are we keeping the long hair and beard and tie dye? Are we going to make an image change? Is it "Rupert" that we're going to get as Governor or Rupert Boneham?
Should be an interesting 2012.