I‘ve long said that you find the wackiest elected officials in state legislatures, but Oklahoma seems to have more of them than usual. The latest to present himself is Sen. Kevin Calvey, who went on a rather unhinged rant on the floor about how he would set himself on fire to protest abortion.
The News and Tribune released a short video Tuesday showing Calvey threatening suicide by fire at Oklahoma statehouse.
“Members, this kind of injustice simply can’t stand,” Calvey tells colleagues, “If I were not a Christian and didn’t have a prohibition against suicide, I’d walk across the street, douse myself in gasoline, and set myself on fire to protest the evil that is going on over there, killing, giving the death penalty to the will of the people and the will of this body in protecting the least among us.”“But I (pause) don’t believe in suicide,” Calvey continues, “so what I’m left with…”
A voice off camera interrupts Calvey and calls on Brian Reneger, to take the floor. “Would you please ask the representative to stay on subject of the matter?” Reneger inquires.
What makes this all the weirder is that it was during debate on a bill to give pay raises to court employees. They weren’t even talking about abortion, for crying out loud.