Kansas Rep. Capps staying in race despite GOP calls for him to step down

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A Kansas representative says he is staying in the race for his seat, despite pressure from the GOP for him to step down. 

Representative Michael Capps is running to keep his seat as the District 85 Representative in the House. 

Department for Children and Family investigations said that Capps emotionally abused boys when he was a court-appointed special advocate. 

Capps appealed the decision and it was reversed because of a technical error. 

KSN reached out to Representative Capps and he sent us a statement saying: 

The allegations leveled against me were and are categorically false and untrue. I will not allow them, the two political parties and DCF, to slander me, I will not run and hide, I will continue my fight for Kansas children.

Governor Jeff Colyer weighed in today on the controversy. 

“This issue in Wichita is very troubling,” said Gov. Jeff Colyer. “A state representative who has serious allegations and a serious investigation that involves children should not be holding office. I think that he should resign and that we have a new way forward.”

The Kansas GOP issued a statement regarding Capps saying, “As we have looked into these accusations and reviewed information from Mr. Capps and other sources, we must take preemptive action to sever all Republican party support and ties to Mr. Capps’ campaign.”

Late Saturday afternoon, KSN reached out to CASA, their executive director provided the following statement:

We received a report from DCF that they were investigating complaints against Michael Capps. We notified Mr. Capps that we issued an immediate suspension of his volunteer duties. Mr. Capps then resigned as a volunteer.

CASA says they have no plans to re-certify Capps. 

KSN will continue to follow this story and bring you any new developments. 

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