Former Rep. Kevin Calvey’s rhetoric over the “Personhood’ bill in the House prompted a stern reply from House Speaker Designate T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, who was so upset by Calvey’s threats he fired off an email to Calvey. Shannon didn’t want to talk about his email, but a copy provided to The Oklahoman showed he wrote that Calvey “not only disrespected this institution, but you have also demonstrated an utter lack of professionalism and integrity. Your credibility has been damaged to the point that I respectfully request that you do not lobby my office, and you remove me from your correspondence list.”
Calvey and the leader of Oklahomans For Life, Tony Lauinger of Tulsa, backtracked on Calvey’s comments after many House Republicans expressed their displeasure with what he said.
“The pro-life community in Oklahoma is stunned and dismayed by the behavior of the House Republican caucus on Senate Bill 1433,” said Calvey, vice chairman of Oklahomans for Life. “For those of us who are Republican, some of us worked very, very hard to bring the Republican Party in Oklahoma into the majority in the Legislature. We did this because we are pro-life. We are Republicans because we’re pro-life, not the other way around. So it is extremely disconcerting then to see how it is House Republicans who are taking secret votes to kill Senate Bill 1433.”