By subjecting Francisco Oliveira to a literacy exam, Brazil’s National Congress only enriched the metaphor. Then, instead of a clown in congress, they had a semiliterate clown in congress. For a medley of ads from Oliveira’s electoral campaign, go to:
- Brazilian clown’s poll win threatened by illiteracy claim (October, 2010). Associated Press
- Brazil clown secures congress seat after literacy test (December, 2010). Associated Press
- “Send in the clown (October, 2010). The Economist
For a more recent interview, please see:
- Clown to abandon politics (Yaara Bou Melhem for SBS World News, May, 2013).
 No source that I can find online can tell me whether Oliveira has become the first professional clown to hold legislative duties.