A bull eventually approached Gessling, who jumped up and ran away to more cheers.
“It was a hugely hot topic around here — I mean it was national news, too –but I think that’s why people vote for him, because he brought national attention, for better or for worse,” Edwards said.
Gessling said he’d performed similar stunts while dressed as previous presidents, but many people were uncomfortable with a crowd cheering potentially violent acts against the nation’s first black president.
Edwards said he hadn’t spoke to Gessling, who said he received threats after the state fair, but he knew the rodeo clown was aware of the competition because others have shared it on his Facebook page.
“I think that’s another reason why he’s doing so well, he actually has a lot of fans, believe it or not,” Edwards sasid. “I’ve met him a few times, he seems like a cool guy.”
The other nominees include a local business owner who is active in charity organizations and a community photographer.
The runner-up so far is the Sedalia police department’s STING unit.
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