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OC Moms 4 Truth Facebook Group Isn’t Run by a Mom and Isn’t Truth

 

 

Editor’s Note:  We’re pleased to publish this tight and bright post from Eugene Fields on his investigation into the new Facebook group “OC Moms 4 Truth.”

Research into a newly created Facebook page attacking Irvine City Council member Farrah Khan showed the person promoting ads was Irvine resident and school board candidate Mark Newgent.

The Facebook group, called “OC Moms 4 Truth,” was created on June 25 and features several videos criticized Khan for voting to appoint Mike Carroll to fill the vacant city council seat in 2019. Since the page’s creation, at least four paid ads were promoted on Facebook.

Research into the ads showed a Google number associated with the ads. Calls to the number to inquire about the ownership of the site went to a voicemail associated with a Hawaii-based phone number belonging to Newgent.

Subsequent calls to the phone number were routed to a generic voicemail.

Editor’s Note:

Mark Newgent is a twice-failed candidate for office in Irvine.  He ran for IUSD in 2016 on a platform that called for kids to have bullet-proof backpacks and armed guards to prevent school shootings, making these buildings prisons and not schools.  His OC GOP endorsement was rescinded due to offensive social media videos.

Newgent ran for City Council in 2018 as a Republican and lost.  He launched a campaign for the special election for County Supervisor in 2019 but withdrew to clear the Republican field for Irvine Mayor Don Wagner (who still had other Republican challengers) and was rewarded for his loyalty with a county commissioner position by Wagner in — what some believe is appropriate — waste management.

Newgent has an open campaign committee to challenge popular school board member Paul Bokota in district 5’s IUSD election this fall.

Irvine City Council member Christina Shea

He is also the person who recorded Irvine Mayor Christina Shea’s insensitive video response to UCI students seeking rent relief/lease renegotiations due to COVID19.  Newgent was videotaping the BLM protests at Irvine City Hall claiming protesters were “paid agitators” without a shread of proof.

OC Moms 4 Truth has already purchased several advertisements to promote the site on Facebook so there’s the question — did Newgent buy them or did someone else pay for it? Newgent had a chapter 7 bankruptcy filing in 2008.

So the videos produced for the site use a computerized male voice to narrate videos via an app called TextMe: http://w06ddoz.xtme.us/  See it before it comes down.  There is a factual error in the video (Lauren Johnson-Norris was not endorsed by the Democratic Party for the vacancy on the city council) but there are images of money changing hands suggesting Mike Carroll and Five Point executives and lobbyists paid off Khan for her vote.  This is libelous.  Khan is a public official so the standard for libel is high, but the charge is she was paid for her vote is knowingly false with intent to harm her reputation.

With Newgent being outed as the person behind the site, he had better lawyer up (and note to Mark, the videos and screen grabs have all been saved, so delete away).

What’s clear: OC Moms 4 Truth (the website and the Facebook group) isn’t run by OC Moms and isn’t the Truth.  It’s a site designed for one thing and one thing only — to defame Irvine Democratic mayoral candidate Farrah Khan to benefit Newgent’s best political pal Christina Shea (the lone “no” vote to fly the Pride flag in Irvine).  County supervisor Wagner’s judgment is in question in naming Newgent a county commissioner.  If neither of them speak out about Newgent’s behavior here, then both endorse it.

 

 

 

 

14 Comments

  1. Maria Olivieri Minney Maria Olivieri Minney June 29, 2020

    “[Newgent] was rewarded for his loyalty with a county commissioner position by Wagner in — what some believe is appropriate — waste management.” Perfection.

    • Patty Yoo Patty Yoo June 29, 2020

      Very good reporting with some flair! Agreed, the best line!

  2. Patty Yoo Patty Yoo June 29, 2020

    Thorough and bold reporting, great job Eugene Fields!

  3. Irvine Resident Irvine Resident June 29, 2020

    I honestly thought Mark Newgent was Mayor Christina Shea’s boyfriend, since he was at her condo on a weekend morning. So he just happened to be there to comfort her & video the protest at her home? He also reposted all of her posts & defended her in the comments. Just sounded like he’s being a good boyfriend to me.

    • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | June 30, 2020

      Mark is married

    • 4th District Resident 4th District Resident July 1, 2020

      What a nasty comment. I’m sure the owner of this hot mess will let it stand.

      • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | July 1, 2020

        not a thing wrong with it and you’ve made worse comments that stand.

        • 4th District Resident 4th District Resident July 4, 2020

          And there you have it. The Donald Trump of…where you from?

  4. Sue Henger Sue Henger June 29, 2020

    So good to know this. Thank you.

  5. Davida Gregory Davida Gregory June 30, 2020

    While I do not agree with Farrah Kahn on some issues, I feel that her integrity is beyond reproach. I have attended some of the presentations that she sponsored and am grateful for the unbiased assistance she offered to the residents of Irvine.

  6. Alex Mohajer Alex Mohajer June 30, 2020

    I commented on the Facebook page for OC Moms 4 Truth and called out Mark Newgent. The comment was deleted and I was blocked…smells pretty guilty to me.

    • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | June 30, 2020

      I posted the link to this story on that page. Twice. Both deleted and now I’m blocked

  7. Alex Mohajer Alex Mohajer July 1, 2020

    Newgent claims that he is not running for IUSD District 5.

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