Sedgwick County Republican Party calls for Rep. Capps to step down

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Sedgwick County Republican Party is calling on Rep. Michael Capps to resign over his alleged connection to an attack ad against a Wichita mayoral candidate. 

Mayoral candidate Brandon Whipple told KAKE News earlier this week that he had already hired a lawyer after the ad was posted about him. He filed a lawsuit on Tuesday.

(MORE: Whipple files lawsuit in response to attack ad)

The ad first surfaced on YouTube in mid-October. In it, anonymous women allege harassment by Whipple, a Democrat, who denies the allegations. Quotes used in the video actually came from a 2017 Kansas City Star article, accusing another lawmaker in Topeka.

The video traces back to a New Mexico LLC "Protect Wichita's Girls," which is named in the lawsuit.

"Rep. Michael Capps, through various companies he owns, has been linked by investigative reports to be behind this attack," the Sedgwick County Republican Party said on Facebook. "As a Republican Party, we will not tolerate these kind of acts. We are calling for a resignation of Michael Capps from public office. Our leaders need to lead by example."

Rep. Capps has not yet returned messages from KAKE News seeking comment.

Whipple's lawsuit suit also names Matthew Colborn, owner of a Wichita based media company. It alleges Colborn was hired by two John Does to produce the ad, and that he then hired an actress, paying her $50, to read the lines without telling her who the ad was targeting.

(MORE: Kansas lawmaker accused of child abuse, tries to clear name)

Colborn is the campaign manager for Rep. Capps, a Wichita Republican, and he shares an office space with City Councilman James Clendenin.

Read the Republican Party's full statement below.

From day one, the Sedgwick County Republican Party has been clear that gutter politics will not be tolerated within our local party. We have always advocated that we win on the issues.

Over the last couple weeks, the Wichita mayoral race has been hijacked by some of the dirtiest politics we have seen in some time. An ad produced that falsely linked a local candidate to an inappropriate and disgusting claim surfaced. This ad represents all that is wrong in politics. Politics is about ideas, advancing those ideas through public discourse, and serving those in our communities.

Rep. Michael Capps, through various companies he owns, has been linked by investigative reports to be behind this attack. As a Republican Party, we will not tolerate these kind of acts. We are calling for a resignation of Michael Capps from public office. Our leaders need to lead by example.

The SCRP will be donating all money received from Rep. Michael Capps to ICTSOS. They are a local organization that strives to better our community through building people up, not tearing them down. We also ask all local Republican affiliate groups to join us in donating any contributions received from Mr. Capps. This sends a strong signal that the Republican Party stands united against dirty politics.

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