The Democratic nominee in the Kansas gubernatorial race on Saturday addressed a report that surfaced this weekend about a strip club raid he was caught up in 16 years ago.
The Coffeyville Journal reported in its Saturday print edition that Paul Davis was found in a strip club during a drug raid in 1998, according to Politico. He was never charged with a crime.
According to police reports, Davis was “in a somewhat compromising position” with a stripper “in a back room of the club.”
Davis was an unmarried lawyer at the time and told police that he was the club owner’s attorney.
In a statement to Politico, Davis, a state representative explained why he was in the “Secrets” strip club in Coffeyville, Kan. at the time of the methamphetamine raid.
“When I was 26 years old, I was taken to a club by my boss – the club owner was one of our legal clients,” he said. “While we were in the building, the police showed up. I was never accused of having done anything wrong, but rather I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
According to Politico, the police report did not show that Davis knew anything about drugs being bought or sold at the club at the time.
Davis is running against Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who is unpopular for his tax cuts and economic reforms. A group of Republicans have endorsed Davis over Brownback.
According to TPM’s Polltracker average, Davis is leading Brownback by 6 points.