Governor's brother no longer candidate

Thursday, February 7th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The name of Daniel Keating, brother of Gov. Frank Keating, was ordered stricken on Thursday from the list of candidates for next month's primary in House District 71.

The state Election Board voted 3-0 to take the action after recessing to check Election Board records on where Keating has been registered.

Keating did not appear at the meeting to counter a protest lodged by Roy McClain, the only Democrat to file for the House post.

Records showed Keating listed a residence in House District 71, but did not register in the district until January of this year.

State law requires candidates to be registered in their districts for at least six months.

The Election Board consists of three members _ Democrats Glo Henley and Kenny Monroe and Republican Tom Prince. Monroe made the motion to delete Keating's name and the motion was seconded by Prince.

The challenge had been lodged by Roy McClain, 27, the only Democrat to file for the House seat after Rep. John Sullivan, R-Tulsa, ran for Congress.

With Keating gone, there are still six candidates seeking the GOP nomination.

The special election primary is March 12 and the general election to replace Sullivan is April 2.

Sullivan was elected to Congress last month, effective with Steve Largent's resignation on Feb. 15. Largent is running for governor.