In Sedalia, Mo. there is a yearly contest called the "Person of the Year Award."
According to The Washington Times, this year the award may go to the rodeo clown who wore a mask of President Obama at the Missouri State Fair and asked the crowd if they wanted to see "Obama" get gored by a bull.
Many people across America denounced Tuffy the Clown as "racist" and offensive," noted The Washington Post, but the man behind the clown face, Tuffy Gessling, is a local hero.
So far, Gussling has half the votes against six other competitors, including two business men who raise money for local charities.
"The Sedalia Person of the Year" online poll was created by local country music disc jockey Rob Edwards at KIX 105.7, who says the award goes to whoever had the biggest impact. Voting for the contest ends Thursday.
“I think that’s another reason why he’s doing so well, he actually has a lot of fans, believe it or not,” Edwards told CBS St. Louis. “I’ve met him a few times, he seems like a cool guy.”
“Several people were, you know, just upstanding people in the community,” added Edwards. “We have Bill Malone who is a business owner and just does a lot with charities. Kevin Walker does a lot in the community, takes pictures. Just a few people who do a lot with charities.”
“[Tuffy the Clown] 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,” stated Edwards.