When I wrote about Naked Cowboy last year, I had no idea he’d put himself next in line to become mayor of New York City.
Where do you want to be in five years? I asked the man, the myth and the legend, whose real name is Robert Burck, 38.
“In the biggest mansion on the face of the Earth,” he said. “One of many, where I fly from in a … jet, from castle to castle, and have huge parties with the biggest names in the history of the world, and everyone’s waiting for me to get there. And if I show up, they’re lucky.”
I did not put two and two together and conclude that this would mean the same position now held by Michael Bloomberg. Click here to read the 2008 column.
Burck told me he was making as much as $1,000 a day, standing on Times Square in his underwear, boots and a cowboy hat, strumming his guitar and posing for photos with tourists. He was also suing Mars candy for trademark infringment because it used a blue M&M character dressed in tighty whitys on its animated Times Square billboard.
“Folks come up to me every day and tell me they’ve lost their life-savings, that their small businesses are barely getting by,” Naked Cowboy said on his campaign website.
“Fact is, no one knows how to do more with less than yours truly. … It’s exactly the kind of leadership this city needs during these challenging times.”