Within an hour of being charged with multiple felonies for violations of election law, Republican Congressman Steve Watkins defended himself in a televised debate with his GOP challengers.
Watkins, now about to complete his first term, called the charges brought by the Shawnee County district attorney "hyperpolitical" because they were made public about 30 minutes before he was to appear in the debate and just three weeks before the primary election in the 2nd Congressional District.
"I haven't done anything wrong," Watkins said. "This is very suspicious, seems highly political. I haven't seen the charges. I look forward . . .