The Senator and the Cowboy – the Naked one

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota shared an elevator with the Naked Cowboy at Trump Tower

The distinguished Senator from North Dakota went to Trump Tower to interview for a cabinet post on Friday – and she rode the elevator with the Naked Cowboy.

CSPAN tweeted the video of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp stepping into the elevator car to join the New York street entertainer, who was actually wearing an Uncle Sam-style coat in addition to his cowboy hat, boots, and guitar.

By the time her meeting with President-elect Donald Trump was done, Sen. Heitkamp had a reply ready for Twitter.

The Senator

Heitkamp is a Democrat – the third to interview with Trump, USA Today says – who has been mentioned as a possible secretary of the interior, energy, or agriculture.

In addition to her cowboy tweet, Heitkamp put out a statement about her meeting with Trump, saying "...I hope to work with the president-elect and all of my colleagues in Congress on both sides of the aisle to best support my state.”

The Cowboy

The Naked Cowboy is pretty well known in New York, mainly for being a fixture at Times Square. He does some singing and poses for tourist photos, posting many of them to his Facebook page. (He's also available for hire to appear at your event or officiate your wedding.)

Since Election Day, though, Naked Cowboy has migrated over to the crowds in front of Trump Tower. says the Cowboy has written a song about Trump and sometimes serenades the news media and others lined up behind the velvet rope in the tower's lobby.

His recent posts include a lobby photo of himself with former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

We've seen no explanation of where the Naked One was headed on Friday's elevator ride.

By the way, his real name is Robert Burck. The New Yorker paid a visit to his father in Greenhills, Ohio, and learned that before settling into his cowboy role Burck had stints as a bodybuilder, a male escort, an actor, a hand model, and a writer.

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