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The one where an old State Senator probably had an affair with a young lobbyist…

Last month, we wrote about 10 things we’d like to see happen this summer. Here was Number 10 on the list.

A Republican state senator leaves his wife of 40+ years for a young married lobbyist who may be pregnant with his child.

Well, according to OkiePundit.com, it looks like we may have been close to predicting another summer news story:

OkiePundit can confirm that the Tulsa World is withholding a damaging story on incumbent State Senator Harry Coates until after Tuesday’s primary in order to protect his re-election prospects.

Multiple well-placed sources have confirmed for us that the Tulsa World is sitting on the story that explores the allegation that Coates has been engaged in an affair with a lobbyist who is about 30 years younger than he is and that the married lobbyist may be pregnant with the senator’s child.

OkiePundit has the lobbyist’s name, but we will not publish it at this time as she is not a public figure.

We can also confirm that the lobbyist’s husband works for Governor Brad Henry and filed for divorce on July 13th.  Coates, who is vying to become the Senate Republican leader, has been under pressure since this “open secret” came out in political circles several weeks ago.

Wow.  First Taco Bueno gets a remodel and now this?!?  I’m thinking Megan Fox better hurry up and come to Oklahoma City.  It’s going to happen someday, I promise.

Anyway, I guess we can add to this harry (ha ha!) story a little bit and tell you that:

“¢ Virtually everyone at the capital knows about the rumor, including that paintings of Sequoyah and Will Rogers.

“¢ The Oklahoman has looked into publishing this story, too.

“¢ The Oklahoma Observer may have written about this several months ago but nobody knew about it because nobody reads it.

“¢ The lobbyist who is rumored to have had the affair worked for the Oklahoma Legislative Consulting Group.  I write ”worked’ because the OLCG website has gone to extreme efforts to remove her picture or name.  Fortunately, though, we can take a look at the site from 2008. If you can figure out who she is, you win the special gold prize.

“¢ Harry Coates is a pimp.  And not a pimp in the literal sense of the word, but a pimp as in the “I **allegedly** banged a chick 30 years younger than me” type of way. Seriously, if you hook up with a girl 30 years younger than you and you don’t go to jail if you’re caught, all power to you.

Now that the cat is **allegedly** out of the bag, I wonder what effect it’s going to have on Harry Coates’ political career.  He only has one opponent in the primary, and if he wins, he’ll run unopposed for his State Senate seat.

If he is reelected, you would think that our conservative, family values-obsessed, constitutionalist legislature would try to force him out.  I mean the guy did **allegedly** have an affair with a lobbyist.  If elected officials can’t accept gifts from lobbyists, that probably means they can’t accept sex from them either”¦that gift can only be offered by interns and pages.

But I doubt anything will happen.  Coates will publicly apologize and say he’s sinned, and then all the conservative hypocrites in the Senate will forgive him and talk about second chances.  Then they’ll issue another “Proclamation for Morality” and write a bill that bans graphic novel erotica.  That will really piss Clark Matthews off.


  1. This story was also “allegedly” planted by GOP hardliners who want to see the moderate Coates ousted. Their alleged fear is that the Dems will stage a coup and get Coates elected president pro tem, rather than their already anointed Brian Bingman. Don’t know if I’d trust Okie Pundit as a credible source… the conservative Repubs have the most to gain by by this story being true.

  2. Wow, you have effectively named, without naming, an **alleged** mistress while effectively marking an **alleged** unborn, **alleged** illegitimate child for life. Who is the douchebag now? You can hide behind a pseudonym but the **alleged** child may not have the luxury of that protection! While I am a fan of thelostogle, I am a mom first.

    Nice Job.

    • I think you’re putting too much into this. The child won’t have to live with the consequences of its parents actions. No one will remember this story in a few months.
      I can appreciate you trying to look at it from all sides, but lets not forget that this woman (and mother of two) cheated on her husband with a client. They should both be penalized in the court of public opinion for their betrayal of vows to their spouses and in Sen. Coates case, betrayal to his constituents.
      No one is going to call this child out for what the parents did, I mean, they have kept it a secret for however long it’s been going on.

      I commend TLO for being the watchdog that the press is supposed to be. Where was the Tulsa World or DOK? They let us down and TLO stepped up to get this story to a broader audience.

  3. Proud of you all for bringing light to this scandal. You should go ahead and name the alleged mistress because the alleged mistress should have thought about having an alleged illegitimate child before she got involved in this alleged affair. Maybe it was Coates’ “faith and love of family” that directed the mistress’ decision.

  4. Sounds like the alleged mistress has enough problems. Bringing her into the picture won’t really solve anything.

  5. I understand if she says no to amnio, but someone better call Maury when she pops out that baby! Okieboard, if Harry’s mistress was worried about her kids, she might have been with them and working on her marriage instead of banging an old man. This story is true BTW.

  6. Rumor over in Seminole is that Harry has moved out and asked his wife for a divorce. Maybe the guy is actually going to take ownership of his actions….we shall see. Makes you wonder if paternity has been established????

  7. I guess the rumor can be called “confirmed!”
    Anyone else see Sen Coates and his pregnant friend and her two preschool age kids together at the OU football game? They were sitting among all the other elected folks. Some were a little uncomfortable but the loving couple seemed proud and happy to be there.
    Seems like a little bad judgement and a huge amount of disrespect for thier spouses, since they are both still married!
    I was sitting to close to get a pic without being obvious. Anyone snap a photo?

  8. Unbelievable!!! She has no clue what it means to set an example for her children. And Harry is obviously stupid. He should know better, afterall he is OLDER and supposeed to WISER. A picture would have been great!!! Does the pregnant girl actually think that the wives of other elected officials are going to welcome her into their circle? Well, they may, but can you imagine the things that will be said about her when she leaves? So sad that she will be labeled the rest of her life. I don’t know about anyone else, but I would like to see the story in print. It won’t change anything but it would be nice for them to to have to face some public humiliation like their spouses. I hope the mom wakes up and realizes what she is teaching her children, especially her daughter. One other thought…..why in the world does Harry want to start over with young kids. Shouldn’t he be in a completely different place in his life? He has already raised four kids, or maybe his wife did while he was out having “fun”. He should be having fun, doing the things he wants to do, old man things. Maybe the children are a replacement for grandchildren he doesn’t have or maybe he is trying to do right by not being there for his own kids when they were young (if this in fact was the case when they were young). Please, Daily Oklahoman and Tulsa World…..put the story and print and get this guy out of politics. HE IS A JOKE!!!!!!

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