In this Sept. 15, 2018 photo, Republican congressional candidate Steve Watkins answers questions during an interview at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. As he campaigns in Kansas' 2nd District, Watkins faces questions about what he's telling voters about racing in Alaska's famed Iditarod dogsled race and attempting to scale Mount Everest in 2015. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas congressional candidate's adventure claims challenged

October 02, 2018 - 2:07 pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican nominee for a competitive Kansas congressional seat is facing scrutiny about details of some of the biographical details he shares with voters.

Steve Watkins' campaign website featured a since-removed testimonial to his "heroic leadership" when a deadly earthquake shook Mount Everest during an expedition. The guide he quoted says he never said that.

Watkins also has acknowledged that he was inaccurate about a claim that he started a business in the Middle East and expanded it from three to 470 people.

And, while he claims to be a devoted, sixth-generation Kansan, property records show he has stronger ties recently to Alaska. He participated in the Iditarod dogsled race there this year. Competitors question whether that was a publicity stunt for the campaign.