Controversy over a rodeo clown who mocked President Barack Obama isn’t keeping Gov. Jay Nixon away from the annual governor’s ham breakfast at the Missouri State Fair on Thursday.
Plenty of other executive officials and lawmakers also are expected to attend the event at the fairgrounds in Sedalia.
The ham breakfast is only part of the allure. The event also offers the opportunity for politicians to shake hands with hundreds of rural Missourians in an informal atmosphere.
Earlier this week, many Missouri officials denounced a rodeo skit in which a clown wore an Obama mask while another riled the crowd with statements suggesting the president could be run down by a bull.
Some Democratic legislators have suggested that Missouri stop spending tax dollars on the fair.