This is not the first time Stockman has issued an invite to a controversial performer, or at least a performer who has engendered fierce partisan debate. He’s the lawmaker who asked shock rocker and gun advocate Ted Nugent to attend Obama’s State of the Union address this year.
Prior to that, Stockman suggested in a 1995 article in Guns & Ammo magazine that the Clinton administration staged the 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, to create political support for a nationwide ban on assault weapons.
Stockman later backed away from that charge, with a spokesman saying the lawmaker believed he had “phrased it badly."
Furthermore, it’s not clear exactly what sort of performance, and where, Stockman is asking the rodeo clown to engage in. The clown has been unnamed by the Missouri State Fair, but friends and relatives have identified him as Tuffy Gessling, according to the Associated Press.
Stockman’s east Texas district is mostly rural. It borders Houston, which hosts the largest rodeo in the state each spring. But officials of that show, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, said they had no advance warning of the invitation. They sounded wary of the situation in remarks made to a Politico reporter.