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Independent candidates for NYC Mayor: Bloomberg, Rev. Billy and Naked Cowboy

Elizabeth Benjamin of Daily Politics reports on all the independent petitions filed on time, in person, for Mayor of New York City. Candidates may file by mail, so there is some chance that more petitions may arrive in the next few days. It appears that the Libertarian candidate for Mayor, Joseph Dobrian, has not yet filed.

(excerpt from) Daily Politics
Independent Mayoral Candidates: Naked Cowboy, Rev. Billy, Bloomberg
/ August 19, 2009

The deadline for filing independent nominating petitions was last night at midnight, and, rather unexpectedly (at least to me), the Naked Cowboy [whose legal name is Robert Burck] was among the mayoral candidates who showed up at the city Board of Elections to drop off signatures he had collected…

It was not immediately clear how many signatures Burck filed – the requirement is 7,400 names of registered voters, regardless of what party they’re in.

The catch: The signees have to be New Yorkers, which could be a stretch for Burck, since he spends most of his time with tourists and also doesn’t live in the city.

(As the Post reported recently, he’s a New Jersey resident – Secaucus, to be exact – which rules him out as a mayoral candidate unless he relocates across the river by Election Day, Nov. 3)…

Also filing on time were the Rev. Billy Talen, who is running on the Green Party line (his campaign said he collected more than 18,000 signatures); Jimmy McMillan, the Rent is Too Damn High mayoral hopeful; Alan S. Chusid, whose party is listed as “Messianic”; and Mayor Bloomberg, who circulated petitions for the self-created “Jobs and Education” line, along with the GOP and Independence Party lines…


Photo of the Naked Cowboy is (c) Alfred Hutter aka Gentry, posted at Wikimedia.


  1. libertariangirl libertariangirl August 19, 2009

    thats gotta be a sock! LOL if not , hes got my vote!

  2. Michael Michael August 19, 2009

    The Libertarian candidates did file their petition.

  3. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes August 19, 2009

    Does anyone here at IPR have any doubts as to who is going to win? Billionaire Bloomberg. ALL the rest are LOSERS. That is spelled L-O-S-E-R-S. But the political junkie HIGH….when is the next fix?-I mean election. A PRIMARY? OOOOOW. A SPECIAL election? OOOOOOOOH. An INITIATIVE? OOOOOOOH. A dem or rep dropped dead? Oh, maybe a third party candidate can win that. OOOOOOH.

  4. Kimberly Wilder Kimberly Wilder August 20, 2009

    Below is Richard Winger’s list. He says the Libertarians have filed…

    Quote from Ballot-Access;

    -New York City Mayoral Race May Have 10 Candidates
    August 19th, 2009

    It is possible that ten candidates will be on the ballot for Mayor of New York city, in November 2009. Non-qualified parties that submitted petitions for that office are Green, Libertarian, Party for Socialism and Liberation, and Socialist Workers. Independent candidates who submitted petitions are Jimmy McMillian (ballot label is “Rent is Too Damn High”); Robert Burck, also known as “The Naked Cowboy”; and Alan Chusid (ballot label is “Messianic”).-

  5. Jeremy Young Jeremy Young August 20, 2009

    I’m curious as to how Chusid got enough signatures, given that the signature requirement is fairly high. Rev. Billy and the Libertarian had great petition campaigns, the Rent is Too Damn High Party is actually a force in NYC, and I can guess the Naked Cowboy didn’t have too much trouble finding people to sign his petitions. But how does some loony messianic dude get over 7,000 signatures?

  6. libertariangirl libertariangirl August 20, 2009

    naked cowboy goes to the gym obviously

  7. Jeremy Young Jeremy Young August 20, 2009

    What surprises me is that he had the discipline for that. The LaRouchies always manage it, but they’re a large organization, not just some guy.

  8. Jason Gatties Jason Gatties August 20, 2009

    Funny how Robert refers to someone else as being a “loser”.

  9. Skyler McKinley Skyler McKinley August 20, 2009

    I can only take so much Robert Milnes in the morning.

    He would’ve been President, though, Jason. He would’ve! If he had a Green/Libertarian fusion ticket with him on top, everybody would have voted him into office in a sweep of “he reminds me of my senile grandpa” support.

  10. Aroundtheblockafewtimes Aroundtheblockafewtimes August 20, 2009

    Why is Milnes still hanging around? I thought by now he’d have put together a Green Party/Libertarian ticket in his NJ hometown and showed us all the miracle it will work.

  11. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes August 20, 2009

    Too broke & depressed to mount an Independent campaign for NJ Governor. Sorry all you “Show Me” people whether from Missouri or not. Tell you what. Start a Draft RWM write in for governor campaign & have a libertarian woman step up as Lt. Governor write in & I’ll give it a go.

  12. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes August 20, 2009

    Skyler, I thought I was more like the crazy uncle type. I’m not old enough to fit the senile stereotype & my mind is sharp as a tack. Hang around IPR for a while & you’ll find that out. I see by your comment that you now fully comprehend the fusion ticket concept & will not let another Gravel type opportunity pass by. Very good, young man.

  13. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes August 20, 2009

    Hmmmmmmm. Skyler, now that I have your attention. My campaign presently has an opening for manager. I was hoping Tom K. would seize the opportunity but he is off on several other tangents. I’d be willing to give you a probationary type try. How would you like to win one for a change?

  14. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes August 20, 2009

    We could avoid each other during mornings. I’m not much of a morning person anyway. Too grouchy.

  15. Michael Michael August 21, 2009

    Joseph Dobrian for Mayor, Jim Lesczynski for Public Advocate, John Clifton for Comptroller, Michael Sanchez for Brooklyn Borough President, and Roger Sarrabo for City Council. The Libertarian Party has a full slate of candidates in 5 city council districts which is about 10% of New York City. I am glad to see a third party putting up candidates in numbers and hopefully this trend continues and in the future we have Libertarian candidates running in all positions every year. Vote Libertarian

  16. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes August 22, 2009

    Michael, thank you for that list of losertarians who will be good losers when election day comes.

  17. Don B. Don B. September 7, 2009

    Why is it that the only real candidate here is Bloomberg? Isn’t there anyone in this city who can give him a run for his mega money? It sees like politics as usual, Dem’s & Rep’s. We need a new party; one without political or special interest ties. C’mon people, we need REAL AMERICANs, REAL PATRIOTS in office, not the regular “Good Ole Boys”!!

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