WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Incumbent Jeff Longwell's challenger for Wichita mayor, Rep. Brandon Whipple, refutes new allegations against him coming with a video posted on YouTube.
The video posted Wednesday shows silhouetted women talking about being sexually harassed. Toward the end of the video, the women say "Protect our Wichita girls stop Brandon Whipple." It goes on to show a number matching the home number for Whipple on his statehouse website.
The video, posted as a political ad, says it was paid for by "Protect Wichita Girls LLC," which is based in New Mexico. As of Thursday night, Eyewitness News doesn't know who is behind that LLC.
Allegations in the video match statements included in a Kansas City Star article from 2017, but those allegations were not directed toward Whipple.
The statements in the article were made by an anonymous intern, referring to an unnamed Republican senator. Whipple is a Democratic representative. Allegations of sexual harassment don't mention Whipple. His name comes up once in the Star article when he says an intern drove him to an event with other lawmakers.
Eyewitness News spoke with Whipple about the video Thursday evening. He claims the people behind it are only trying to smear his campaign and thinks voters won't believe it.
"No, I have faith in Wichita voters that they will understand that an out-of-state PAC from New Mexico being funded by dark money telling lies about me is no true," he says. "I believe Wichita voters will see right through this."
"Whipple says he has hired an attorney in New Mexico to investigate the video and the LLC behind it.