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Sean and Cathy Cummings prepare for St. Paddy's; Lt. Gov. race

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OKLAHOMA CITY – When Sean Cummings, owner of Sean Cummings Irish Pub on N. May Avenue, came by Red Dirt Report, the man was cheerful and smiling.

And yet after talking to him, one wondered where that vast reservoir of energy came from in light of all the things he’s working on.

Not only is Cummings (he, of Irish ancestry) preparing for this long weekend of St. Patrick’s Day festivities at his well-established pub, he is also acting as his wife’s driver on their criss-crossing trips across Oklahoma as Cathy Cummings campaigns for Lieutenant Governor.

Today, the Cummings couple are out at Lake Hefner for the St. Paddy’s Day Great Race of the Great Plains. After that, he’ll be back at the pub, serving Guinness on draught – “honest pints,” of course – along with a plethora of Irish whiskies.

On St. Patrick’s Day – this Monday – Cummings told us that folks should try to arrive early – by 11 a.m., in order to secure a spot as they celebrate their sixth year of holding this festive, annual event that celebrates all things from the Emerald Isle.

Almost everything, anyway.

Added Cummings: “We don’t do green beer.”

All afternoon and into the evening, Sean Cummings Irish Pub will feature musicians playing traditional Irish tunes and even if you are 90 years old, he said, bring your ID.

“This is our biggest week of the year,” Cummings said, as he sank deeper into the RDR guest armchair.

And as we noted, his wife and business partner Cathy Cummings is well into a fun-spirited campaign against Republican incumbent Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.

Cummings shared tales from their trips on the road, particularly to far-flung Panhandle towns like Boise City and Guymon.

Cummings and his wife also travel as part of the Oklahoma-centric travel website DayTripOK.com. Doing that gives them time to also stop in small towns where Cathy will walk the Main Street popping into businesses and introducing herself and telling folks about her desire to serve as their lieutenant governor.

“Your job (as lt. gov)  is to promote the state,” Cummings said.

The spunky and cute Democrat has already attracted the attention of the nationally-known political blog Wonkette, where they recently featured the story, headlined “Hot Chick Will Serve You Beer, Be Your Lieutenant Governor, Oklahoma.” It also features a video – the Cummings’ love videos! – of her talking about the proper way to properly serve a pint of Guinness and also how to ballroom dance. She’s an amazingly talented person.

And while they will likely be outspent by the incumbent, Cummings knows that humor and a fun-loving attitude will give her an edge in this red state.

“We have to be more creative,” Sean Cummings said with his characteristic smile. This includes social media and old-school visits to small towns that are usually overlooked. A lot of miles must be walked and they understand that.

Red Dirt Report asked Sean Cummings about what he thought about whether Oklahoma was as “red” a state as some claim. Cummings told us that there are plenty of Democrats out there and, he said, “they’re ignored.”

When his wife talks to voters, he said, they tell her that “no one is listening” to their concerns and needs. Cathy is talking about issues like poverty and things needed by public schools.

Sean Cummings is upbeat about his wife’s chances. And regardless of what the turnout is on Election Day, he said, “It’s going to be more exciting than people think.”

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