Wichita mayor condemns video attacking opponent
Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell has denied any involvement with a video that tries to tie his opponent Brandon Whipple to allegations of sexual misconduct.
The YouTube video was posted on Thursday. It shows women in silhouette talking about being sexually harassed. The women never mention Whipple directly, but the video ends with the women saying, "STOP BRANDON WHIPPLE" and it shows a number matching the home number listed under Whipple's name on Kansas' legislative website.
Longwell calls the ad "ugly politics at it's very worst" and says he's never seen dirty politics like this in a local election.
"In no way, shape, or form, are we involved with any of this, and we wouldn't be. We would have condemned it if we knew about it upfront, we would've condemned it. This is not the way to campaign," said the mayor.
The video says it was paid for by "PROTECT WICHITA GIRLS LLS" which is based in New Mexico.
We spoke with Whipple about the video on Thursday. He says the video is an attempt to sabotage his campaign just weeks before the election.
"I think it's some players in the city, in the county level," said the mayoral candidate. "I can't name names, but I probably shouldn't yet."
The allegations in the video match statements included in a
article from 2017. She confirms to us the people interviewed for the newspaper's investigation did not accuse Brandon Whipple of sexual harassment. She says the lawmaker in question was in the Senate and a Republican.
Whipple was a Democrat in the House.