Fullerton, CA – State Senate candidate Josh Newman today issued an invitation to his opponent, Assemblymember Ling Ling Chang, to join him in a “Truth-Off” debate, to be held at a mutually agreed upon location and moderated by a neutral third party. Under the format of the Truth-Off, the candidates will be presented with their respective recent negative ads or other campaign materials, and each will have an opportunity to defend or respond to the claims made in them.
The inspiration for the Truth-Off was the Chang campaign’s latest round of television ads and mailers, which massively distort innocuous incidents from more than 20 years ago. In the ads, which lawyers have advised him may rise to the level of defamation and for which multiple “cease and desist” orders have been issued, Chang makes numerous misleading claims, including the demonstrably false assertions that Newman stalked and harassed women, and that he stole confidential police records and letterhead from a former employer. All of these claims are completely untrue, as the Chang campaign has been well aware from the beginning.
In announcing the invitation to the Truth-Off, Newman stated: By now, especially in this election season, most people have become all too accustomed to the sad state of discourse and heavy-handed tactics that have become the norm in politics today. I’m totally fine with a certain level of rhetoric and hyperbole in campaigns. It’s a free country and that’s the American way. If Ling Ling feels the need to inflate her resume and falsify her credentials, that’s her prerogative, as we’ve seen. But it seems fair to me to draw the line at resorting to defamation and deliberate slander while hiding behind campaign consultants and TV disclaimers. That’s why I’m inviting Ling Ling to join me, face-to-face and in front of some of the very people we would represent, for a full and unfettered discussion of the facts in our race. In the words of Justice Louis Brandeis, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.”
For Chang, the “truth-off” will allow her to respond to any claims that Newman’s campaign has made with respect to her own record. It will also allow her to shed light on the numerous instances in which she has been caught lying about her resume or qualifications for office. In recent years, Chang has falsely claimed to have been born in Diamond Bar, graduated from college, and attended Harvard. For his part, Newman will place in fuller context the “facts” that Chang has been willfully misrepresenting in TV ads and mailers costing over a million dollars over the past several weeks.
|About Josh Newman
Josh Newman is the founder and Executive Director of ArmedForce2Workforce, an organization that assists young veterans returning to the Greater Los Angeles/Orange County area in the pursuit of career-oriented employment upon the completion of their military service.
Josh has a long record of local involvement in community service, which includes serving as: a member of the Executive Board of Neighbors United for Fullerton (NUFF), a co-founder and board member of the Veteran Business Network of Greater Los Angeles, a member of the Steering Committee for the Orange County Veterans & Military Families Collaborative (OCVMFC), and the 1st Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party’s Veterans Caucus.
After graduating from Yale University, Josh served as an officer in the United States Army. His post-service experience, prior to founding ArmedForce2Workforce, has included work in local government, marketing and public relations, film and video production, and executive and consulting positions with a number of technology start-ups. Josh lives in Fullerton with his wife, Darcy, and their daughter.