Kansas Sen. Chris Steineger on Thursday denied published reports that he is under investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Steineger, a Kansas City, Kan., Republican, called the allegations “typical election year politics.” He is in a heated re-election race against Democrat Pat Pettey.
“Earlier this year I was contacted by the KBI, was asked and answered questions regarding the Lowell School project, the investigation was concluded, and I have never seen a report since,” Steineger said in a statement.
The KBI declined to comment.
Steineger, a one-time Democrat who switched to the Republican Party about two years ago, is said to own and manage rental property and is a real estate developer. Lowell School has been redeveloped into housing units for the elderly.
Matt Watkins, the Wyandotte County Democratic chairman, had said that the KBI is investigating Steineger. Watkins told The Topeka Capital-Journal that his information was based on “multiple sources.”
But Steineger said that “considering the ‘sources’ are hard-core political partisans who hate my politics, and that they make their allegations three weeks before an election, it seems like typical election year politics.”