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Congressman Steve Watkins seeks to disqualify prosecutor in voting case

A freshman Kansas congressman who listed a UPS Inc. postal box as his residence on a voter registration form is seeking to disqualify a prosecutor from pursuing a case against him.

The Kansas City Star reports that Kansas Congressman Steve Watkins’ attorney filed a motion Wednesday night asserting that Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay has a conflict of interest and that the case is politically motivated.

Watkins faces three felony charges and one misdemeanor charge related to an investigation into whether he voted illegally in a 2019 municipal election.

The motion from Watkins’ team points to the timing of the charges, and to connections between Kagay and Watkins’ primary opponent, Jake LaTurner, through a shared direct mail vendor.

LaTurner, the Kansas treasurer, called the assertion absurd, noting that hundreds of Republicans use the firm.

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