Governor's annual ham breakfast brings out state politicians

Aug 16, 2013

Governor Nixon addresses politicians from across the state, at his annual Governor's Ham Breakfast, Missouri State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

Sedalia was swarming with politicians Thursday, as office holders from both parties descended on the Missouri State Fair.

Nearly a thousand people, politicians and citizens alike, dined on country ham, eggs and peaches at the Governor's Ham Breakfast.  Governor Jay Nixon began his annual speech by condemning the incident in which a rodeo clown wore a President Obama mask this weekend.

"What has always united us is (that) no matter what part of the state you're from, or who you voted for, we treat people with respect," Nixon told the applauding crowd.

After his speech, the Democratic Governor told reporters that he disagrees with some members of his own party who want to cut funding to the State Fair over the incident.

"One action like this is not gonna, in any way, slow down the strong progress and the vital importance that this showcase is for agriculture," Nixon said.  "Especially (cutting funding from the State Fair) would send the wrong signal to young folks."

Nixon also says he doesn't think a federal investigation into the incident is necessary -- the NAACP has asked the Department of Justice to look into what happened.

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