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Kansas Democrats have not had a great year. They had to go to court to get their own Senate candidate thrown off the ballot. Now comes news that their gubernatorial candidate, Paul Davis, got busted in a strip club in 1998 while getting a lap dance.

Politico has the story:

In [1998, Davis] was getting a lap dance at a strip club when cops raided it in search of drugs, a situation Paul Davis on Saturday described as being “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Davis was not charged with any crime, but a police chief involved in the raid wrote afterward that he had been drinking and was found “in a somewhat compromising position … in a back room of the club.”

According to police reports, he was alone with a topless stripper who was wearing only a G-string.

Davis, who was unmarried at the time, identified himself as an attorney for the owner of the strip club after an officer ordered him at gunpoint to lie on the floor during the raid for methamphetamine.

So, Davis' defense to all this is that...he was defending the meth-dealing strip club owner at the time. And he was getting the lap dance...just as a professional courtesy?

Mind you, Davis has made a very big deal in his campaign of the notion that he stands for "Kansas values." The first heading on the "about the candidate" section on his website is headed, "Middle class beginnings, Kansas values" and begins, "a lifelong Kansan, Paul Davis is the son of two teachers who instilled in him the middle class Kansas values that bind our state together – hard work, education, and family." Davis has touted the support of a group called "Republicans for Kansas Values," notwithstanding the fact that - as Politco has previously reported - "it turns out some on the Democrat’s list aren’t actually Republicans — and at least one Republican isn’t backing him." But the important thing is that Paul Davis says he is for Kansas values, and Paul Davis is an honorable man.

Kansas values, indeed.