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The Governor’s Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair took place this morning in Sedalia. This annual event is usually a “must attend” function for Missouri legislators, statewide office holders, members of Congress, and candidates. Usually.

Whatever your view of corporate agriculture, the event does have a reputation of sorts for the ideological political tendencies of those attending. It would be unfair to describe it as monolithic.

There are always displays of yard signs and a gauntlet of t-shirt bedecked volunteers passing out campaign stickers at the entrance to the morning’s festivities.

It’s an opportunity for us to replenish our “b roll” of file photos of Missouri politicians with newer images. The problem is that the members of the General Assembly come by so thick and fast we can’t keep up. But we do get a few photos.

Former news reader and current republican nominee for the 4th Congressional District, Mark Alford.

That’s a big hat.

Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe (r).

Members of the Genral Assembly do show up.

Hardy Billington (r).

In all our years of coverage this is, perhaps, my fovorite photo of Denny Hoskins (r):

Denny Hoskins (r).

Still, we’ll get the image. A 400 mm lens does help:

Evidently the bus is gone:

Lame duck U.S. Congressman Billy Long (r).

U.S. Representative Jason Smith (r).

What MAGA has wrought:

Roy Blunt (r).

Democrats do show up, too. U.S. Senate nominee Trudy Busch Valentine waded into the crowd:

Trudy Busch Valentine, the Democratic Party candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Retail politics.

One of the Erics (r) showed up:

Eric Schmitt (r).

Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick (r).

The now annual shrine to Donald Trump, situated near the entrance to the breakfast. One of the shrine denizens tried to hand my a flyer inside the event. I brushed him off.

“Make America Eat Again”



Ironically, we inadvertently left out Governor Mike Parson (r).

Governor Mike Parson (r).

It is the Governor’s Ham Breakfast.