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San Francisco Political Candidate Campaigns In The Buff In Times Square

File photo of George Davis, a candidate for San Francisco's Board of Supervisors (credit: Getty Images)

File photo of George Davis, a candidate for San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors (credit: Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City’s Naked Cowboy may have met his match.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors candidate George Davis stripped buck naked in Times Square on Wednesday to campaign for the right to be nude in public.

Davis spoke out against a 2013 San Francisco public nudity ban introduced by his opponent, Scott Wiener. He says nudity is a form of expression.

“San Francisco’s going through major social changes, a lot like New York,” Davis told The Associated Press. “Manhattan’s becoming richer, and a lot of the thriving artistic and social scene is moving to Brooklyn. Same thing’s happening in San Francisco. A lot of the artistic and social cultural scene is moving to Oakland.”

After Davis’ speech he conducted interviews stark naked. Then he walked to where artist Andy Golub was body-painting another naked man.

Times Square Batmans and Elmos and other onlookers gawked, laughed and took photos while moving out of Davis’ way. One man loudly read Bible passages.

Davis ran for mayor in 2007 and for District 10 supervisor in 2010. He has been arrested twice for public nudity.

If elected, Davis would represent the same district once served by Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay politicians elected to office in the United States.

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