Annoyed by a $250 fine from the Conflicts of Interest Board for failing to file a required form, Times-Square fixture The Naked Cowboy has quit his quixotic run for Mayor of New York. Under threat of a year in prison and a $10,000 fine, the Cowboy late-filed his form Friday, listing his annual income as between $100,000 and $250,000 and his assets two Merrill Lynch accounts worth between $5,000 and $35,000, and announced his withdrawal. “Politics is not fun and games,” he told the Times. “It’s serious stuff, and my mind was a little more dreamy.” The Cowboy, whose real name is Robert Burck and who lives in New Jersey, had not qualified for a spot on the official ballot.
The only other candidate who responded to The Cowboy’s withdrawal was burlesque figure Johnny Porkpie, who said, “I am sorry to see him go… I had some really good lines about him that I can’t use any more.”
Along with Porkpie and the major party contenders, Green Party candidate Reverend Billy persists in the race, as do Libertarian Party candidate Joseph Dobrian, Rent is Too Damn High Party candidate Jimmy McMillan (warning: loud noise at link), Party for Socialism and Liberation candidate Frances Villar, and Socialist Workers Party candidate Dan Fein.