More Watkins claims draw scrutiny

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October 3, 2018 - 11:33 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A political novice who rode his profile as an outsider-adventurer to the Republican nomination in a competitive Kansas congressional district is facing scrutiny about some of the biographical details he shares with voters.

Steve Watkins’ campaign website featured a since-removed testimonial to his “heroic leadership” when a deadly earthquake shook Mount Everest during an expedition.

He has acknowledged inaccurately claiming that he started a Middle East business, expanding it from three to 470 people.

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