Naked Cowboy Eyes New York Mayor's Office

07/21/2009 at 08:30 AM EDT

Naked Cowboy Eyes New York Mayor's Office
Naked Cowboy (left) and Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Bobby Bank/WireImage; Michael N. Todaro/FilmMagic
Not that this will leave him wearing much, but the Naked Cowboy is tossing his hat in the ring – to run for New York City mayor against formidable incumbent Michael Bloomberg.

The Cowboy – a guitar-strumming, 10-gallon-hat-and-skivvies-wearing Times Square fixture who for the past 11 years has posed for pictures with tourists – plans to announce his candidacy Wednesday, Reuters reports.

"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 the Cowboy, an Ohio native whose real name is Robert Burck, 38.

In this year of political change, his platform reportedly will consist of innovation on tax breaks, tourism, gay marriage, transit and homeland security.

In a February 2008 PEOPLE poll, at the time the Cowboy was suing the maker of M&Ms for allegedly infringing his trademark by outfitting an otherwise naked blue M&M in a 10-gallon hat and boots, readers found the blue M&M sexier than Burck – 65 percent to 35.

No word yet on how billionaire Bloomberg stacks up next to his opponent, with or without his tighty whities.

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Lupita Nyong'o: Most Beautiful!
  • Lupita Nyong'o: Most Beautiful!
  • Chelsea Clinton is Pregnant!
  • Exclusive Royal Tour Diary

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters