Watkins is specifically charged with law enforcement interventions for providing false information. Voting without qualification; illegal pre-selection; and not to inform the DMV about a change of address.
The news of the charges came moments before Watkins, who is up for re-election, appeared in a major debate. When asked about the charges, Watkins said they were “very suspicious” and looked forward to clarifying his name.
“This is clearly hyper-political. Moments come before our first debate and three weeks before the election. I didn’t do anything wrong,” he said, adding that he hadn’t seen the charges yet.
“I just know that I̵
Watkins seemed to be looking at the content of at least one of the charges and said, “Once I found that I had given my mailing address instead of my physical address, we fixed it.”
CNN asked Watkins’ office for a comment.
This is a groundbreaking story and is being updated.