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Openly gay Oklahoma state senator to run for U.S. Congress

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — A Democratic state senator from Oklahoma City says he plans to run for the 5th Congressional District seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford.

Al McAffrey

Al McAffrey

State Sen. Al McAffrey told The Associated Press Wednesday that he would formally announce his candidacy on Thursday.

A U.S. Navy veteran and former Oklahoma City police officer, McAffrey was the first openly gay person elected to the Oklahoma Legislature when he won his state House seat in 2006. He then won election to the state Senate in 2012.

McAffrey will be forced to give up his Senate seat in order to run for the U.S. House.

McAffrey is the first Democrat to jump into the race. Several Republicans already have announced plans to seek the post.

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53 more reader comments:

  1. Nice pornstache!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:40pm
  2. A smart man…… wish idaho had one… maybe things would change instead of idaho being in the closet

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:41pm
  3. go oklahomos

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:41pm
  4. Good, I hope he wins. Oklahoma needs some guidance

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:43pm
  5. WISH HIM LOTS OF LUCK IN WINNING THE SEAT!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:45pm
  6. good for him

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:46pm
  7. Go for it

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:46pm
  8. Really? OAKLAHOMA?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:47pm
  9. Is that Dr.Phil?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:48pm
  10. How did anyone openly gay get elected on OK? Awesome and good luck.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:48pm
  11. You go guy!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:49pm
  12. Good Luck !!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:59pm
  13. Rock on !!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:03am
  14. It shouldn’t matter if the person is gay or not, as long as they can do the job.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:06am
  15. It shouldn't, but...

    Replied on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:15am
  16. or transgender...

    Replied on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:37am
  17. Yes

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:06am
  18. Good !!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:11am
  19. Moving on

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:20am
  20. Good luck!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:21am
  21. VOTE FOR HIM, VOTEEE

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:27am
  22. Great article! Thank you. I am very proud of my partner Al. Thank you for everyone’s support

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:44am
  23. Please tell him he has the support of another proud Navy veteran (still active duty actually)!

    Replied on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:14am
  24. Good luck! You’re a brave man to be openly gay and run for office in ultra-conservative Oklahoma.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:00am
  25. Go Oklahoma

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:00am
  26. Awsome!! I hope he wins and can help open some minds in thus country.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:10am
  27. Go girl!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:34am
  28. Got my vote!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:39am
  29. him being gay should not be a reason to put him in office. watch he’s for abolishing the bill of rights.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:46am
  30. That stache tho

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:47am
  31. Bald Nick Cage?

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:49am
  32. Roméo Jr Labonté

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:59am
  33. Go for him Go Oklahoma!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:14am
  34. Who wants a mustache ride?! Lol. His mustache is running the election… that’s all my visual memory is of his face haha

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:28am
  35. Good luck

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:34am
  36. clone him!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 3:09am
  37. Gary Heilman? Tracy Heilman?!? In Oklahoma?

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:27am
  38. They need some one who is going to fight for the minorities.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:25am
  39. Dean…

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 6:56am
  40. Oklahoma??!! WOW!! Go get ‘em senator! MY, how trying for you to have to deal with the trash that is your colleagues!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:15am
  41. Is he hung??

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:26am
  42. run to me!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:47am
  43. Is that Doctor Phil? o,o

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:25am
  44. great to see this

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:34am
  45. You go!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:36pm
  46. I sure hope he’s a good politician. that’s what matters

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:14pm
  47. I wish you were running MA. I would vote for you dude,go for it & win:-)!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:58pm
  48. go to it..

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:05pm
  49. cool bananas

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:08pm
  50. Yea!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:16pm
  51. It ticks me off when they state “openly gay” when do we state “openly heterosexual!!!!!”

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:53pm
  52. Excellent.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:05pm
  53. go go go !!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:20pm