Watkins candidacy tests GOP loyalty



October 18, 2018 - 11:22 AM

Before Republicans fell in love with Steve Watkins, he was not their favorite.

“He’s a charlatan, a fraud and an opportunist,” said state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, when the two, and five others, were pitted against each other in the August primary for the 2nd Congressional District.

Fitzgerald based those harsh words, no doubt, on the fact that Watkins, age 41, had up to that point never shown any interest in politics — the first time he voted was in 2017 — and the fact that his dad, a Topeka physician, is bankrolling his son’s campaign through his personal Super PAC, in which he’s funneled more than $765,000.

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