The LiberalOC has learned that the above online posting by Irvine City Council candidate mark Newgent so concerned the Irvine Police Department that IPD spent Friday running “patrol checks”with cruisers near the homes of two members of the Irvine City Council who have drawn Newgent’s ire. Both “targets” are candidates for city hall this Fall.
Irvine Police tell TheLiberalOC that patrol checks of this nature would be conducted for any city resident under similar circumstances. The decision to do the patrol checks was solely that of Irvine Police based on the social media post above.
The image above depicts a scene that combines a Terminator with the Raptor/Kitchen sequence from the first Jurassic Park film. Interesting that Newgent chose an image of a tearful little girl to reflect Mike Carroll and Patrick Strader.
Newgent has taken to social media after our post on Monday to push a false narrative that the post attacked his underage children and that somehow Council member Farrah Khan (running against Newgent pal Christina Shea for Mayor), Carroll, Council member Anthony Kuo and Five Point consultant Patrick Strader conspired to pay this blog to attack his children. The post in question documented how Newgent has used his children as a political human shield to berate IUSD staff, trustees and administration since 2016 using public communications of emails and letters, as well as a review of his public comments in videos of each meeting of IUSD.
That Monday afternoon, Newgent’s response was to produce two videos using his teen daughter as a human shield against criticism about Newgent’s fitness to serve in an elected capacity. At one point, he asked her a question and said “this isn’t scripted” which makes many wonder how much of his video work is scripted. Let’s point out again, the person who violated his children’s privacy is Newgent himself, evidenced in the first response video he produced where he actually encouraged his daughter to talk about what happened at her school several times and she declined every time.
Newgent posted this mid-week:
What does this say about Newgent’s fitness to be an elected official in this city or anywhere? He certainly has adopted the Trumpian way — create a false narrative, deflect blame instead of taking responsibility, and making veiled threats against perceived enemies.
Will Mayor Christina Shea remove Newgent from a City Advisory Committee? Will County Supervisor Don Wagner ask for Newgent’s resignation? Will Republicans in the Greater Irvine Republicans group kick Newgent out for breaking that 11th Commandment that “Thou shall not speak ill of another Republican?”
For someone who positions himself as a security expert, Newgent needs to take responsibility for the unhinged text messages, inaccurate livestreams, false narratives about threats against his family, charges of conspiracy and veiled threats to political opponents. His online posts were such a concern that Irvine Police felt that two council members warranted a police presence.
And this is still August. What happens in late October?