Just as ballots were arriving in Irvine mailboxes, damaging text messages from last year involving Irvine’s Congressional representative, Katie Porter, were leaked to Fox News.
According to an article published in Voice of OC, Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan appears to have leaked the text messages to the national media.
The leaked text exchange took place last year between Khan and Porter. Their exchange was about the policing of a campaign event Porter held in Irvine that was disrupted by aggressive protesters.
Mayor Khan originally blamed the leak on City officials, saying that they had released a series of text messages between Khan and Porter after a public records request had been made. However, Irvine’s City Clerk disputed Khan’s claim, stating that the City had not yet responded to the public records request when the texts were leaked to the national media.
Khan, a Democrat, also stated that she had warned the local Democratic Party before the release of the texts. However, that too was apparently a lie. In fact, the chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County, Ada Briceño, told Voice of OC that she had received a note from Khan only after the Khan-Porter text exchange had made national news.
Local Democrats are now questioning the timing of text messages from last year that were suddenly leaked to the media just as Irvine residents were beginning to vote, asking if Khan is working behind the scenes to defeat Porter.
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