A Wichita mayoral candidate says his positive campaign is over.
Wednesday’s Wichita Eagle reports Bill Warren said in a phone interview that he hates Wichita and regrets entering the mayoral race.
The paper also reports Warren plans to sell his movie theaters because his opponent Carlos Mayans threatened his business.
At a news conference this afternoon at Warren's campaign headquarters, Warren denied some of the statements.
Warren admitted he regrets ever running more mayor because of the pain it's caused his family. Despite that, he intends to remain in the race.
Warren says he does not plan to sell his theatres. What he also says is not true is his dislike for Wichita.
Warren describes the Eagle's most recent article as tabloid news, saying the paper twisted his words.
Bill Warren attacked an Eagle reporter who called him on his cell phone questioning an ad he's currently running in his theatres.
Warren says, "She said it was promoting Wichita, telling how good Wichita is, and she asked why I was running it. And I said what do you think, because I hate the place, I hate Wichita? And I started laughing."
Warren spent most of his news conference attacking the paper. Warren says, "I feel the Wichita Eagle has showed continual bias treatment for what reasons i don't know, not reporting any stuff they should about Carlos' record."
While Warren says he'll never speak to the paper again, he told KAKE News his positive campaigning is over.
Warren says, "I still plan to keep it clean, but I am taking the gloves off in terms of facts. I think its a shame that the campaign occurred by mayans against my family. I think it's absurd."
Warren believes a lot of the negative information about him reported in the paper came from the Carlos Mayans campaign.
Carlos Mayans says today's article and news conference will not change the focus of his campaign.
Mayans says, "We're going to continue working hard. We are not running against Warren -- we are running for a positive Wichita."
Mayans says his first reaction to this morning's article in the Wichita Eagle was that it didn't make sense.