Front & Center: Rupert Boneham

The tribe has spoken.

Rupert Boneham once earned enough votes to win the title of “America’s favorite Survivor.” Can the Libertarian fare as well in his bid for the governorship? We asked a few of his former opponents.

Richard Hatch

Survivor: All-Stars

“He’s not a hippie—a hippie would have some commitment to ideals. He’s pretty vacant. I don’t think people do enough research in selecting their representatives. I fear he could be elected.”

“I think he’d fit right into the phony world that is politics. I don’t perceive him to be a very bright human being. No chance I’d vote for him. None. “

Kathy (Vavrick) O’Brien

Survivor: All-Stars

“He can work a crowd, he’s got a big heart, and he’s trustworthy. But he’d need to get some smart people around him.”

“He’s basically a great guy. He has a heart of gold, and he’d just have to stay on task and try to surround himself with the right people. Otherwise, he’ll get eaten up and spit out”


Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

“It’s obviously a publicity stunt. Transparent as glass.”

“No comment. I prefer not to aid idiocracy.”

Jon Dalton, a.k.a. “Jonny Fairplay”

Survivor: Pearl Islands

“You need a black heart to play Survivor effectively, and Rupert lacks that. He might be too honest to be a politician. My ex-wife is from Terre Haute, and I think she and her family deserve Rupert as their governor. That’s meant exactly as it sounds.”

Shii Anne Huang

Survivor: All-Stars

“I would consider voting for him, but I don’t know if Survivor skills translate into being a good governor. He’s an honest person, but is that the skill set you need for government?”

“In terms of his personality, he’s a great guy who’d definitely try to be good. I don’t think he would be corrupt.”


Illustration by Sean McCabe.

This article originally appeared in the March 2012 issue.