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Kansas governor candidate Paul Davis was at strip club raided for drugs in 1998

“I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Nobody has ever accused me of any wrongdoing,” Kansas governor candidate Paul Davis said.
“I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Nobody has ever accused me of any wrongdoing,” Kansas governor candidate Paul Davis said. The Associated Press

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis dismissed as irrelevant reports Saturday that he was at a strip club when it was raided in a search for drugs 16 years ago.

A Montgomery County sheriff’s office report, first reported by The Coffeyville Journal, says police found Davis on a couch in a private room with a woman wearing a G-string when the club Secrets was raided in August 1998. Other law enforcement reports later obtained by other media appear to confirm that account.

The House minority leader from Lawrence said he was not charged, arrested or detained.

“I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Nobody has ever accused me of any wrongdoing,” Davis said during a stop Saturday afternoon to meet campaign workers in downtown Overland Park.

Davis was 26 and single at the time the raid occurred, about five years before he entered the Legislature.

The Davis campaign released a statement from the police chief in Independence, Kan., who led the 1998 raid.

“Paul was not, and never to my knowledge, the focus of that or any other investigation,” Police Chief Harry Smith said in the statement. “He was simply questioned briefly and released.”

Davis said the club was represented by the owner of the law firm he worked for at the time. In a separate statement Saturday, he said his boss at the law firm took him to the club.

Davis said he did not represent the club owner when the man, according to the Coffeyville newspaper, was charged with selling methamphetamine.

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