A New York busker who calls himself “The Naked Cowboy” and entertains crowds of tourists in his underwear in Times Square year round, launched a bid to run for mayor.
“No one knows how to do more with less than yours truly, and that’s the kind of thinking I plan on sharing with my fellow New Yorkers when you elect me,” said Robert Burck, announcing his bid to challenge Mayor Michael Bloomberg for office.
The long-haired, tattooed Burck has become a Times Square feature and made an official announcement at his regular haunt last week.
Dressed in nothing but a cowboy hat, boots, and a pair of white underpants emblazoned with the words “Naked Cowboy,” Burck earns about US$1,000 a day with his busking.
Bloomberg, a billionaire and Wall Street whiz, intends to run for re-election as mayor hoping for a third four-year term.
He has already spent millions of dollars on his campaign, including a blizzard of television commercials, while his only real challenger, the little-known city comptroller, William Thompson, has struggled to be heard.
Burck, meanwhile, intends to mobilize his popularity with New Yorkers and use his daily Times Square platform to ensure that when the votes are tallied in November the cowboy boot is firmly on the other foot.