Lawmakers Knock DA's Probe Of Gov.'s Events

By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher
By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Two Kansas House Republicans see a Democratic district attorney's investigation as political after being subpoenaed over private dinner meetings lawmakers had with GOP Gov. Sam Brownback.

Reps. Steve Brunk of Bel Aire and Virgil Peck of Tyro were among seven GOP legislators to receive subpoenas last month from Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor.

Taylor is investigating potential open meetings violations during seven dinners in January at Cedar Crest, the governor's official residence. Brownback invited more than 90 lawmakers.

Brunk and Peck came in for interviews last week. Sen. Bob Marshall of Fort Scott and Rep. Anthony Brown of Eudora were to appear for questioning Thursday.

Peck called the investigation a witch hunt Wednesday. Brunk said Taylor's staff seemed to be looking for what he called a gotcha moment.


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