Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay announced he was charging Watkins, a first-term lawmaker, on four counts: interference with law enforcement, providing false information; voting without being qualified; unlawful advance voting; and failing to notify the DMV of change of address, according to Shawnee County court records.
First three charges are felonies, the fourth is a misdemeanor.
Most likely, Watkins will lose the already heavily contested Republican primary and this seat is considered a major pickup opportunity for Democrats.
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Watkins won this seat with a minority in 2018. Under Republican Party rules, Watkins automatically loses all committee assignments upon his indictment.
Watkins first term appears to be his last.
Watkins entire Congressional service has amounted to a giant cluster ■■■■■
He should have stayed out of politics.