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Newton Resigns As Chair of EG GOP Town Committee

Newtown has stepped down following his involved in creating a fake Facebook page to mock a political rival.

After admitting his role in creating a fake Facebook page to mock a Rhode Island state representative and subsequent dismissal from his job with the House GOP Office, Chuck Newton plans to step down as chair of the East Greenwich Republican Town Committee. 

According to the NorthºEast Independent, Newton stepped down last week following the Facebook fallout.

Newton admitted to helping Republican Senator Nicholas Kettle (R-Dist. 21) of Coventry, Foster, West Greenwich, and Scituate create a Facebook page to mock Coventry Rep. Scott Guthrie - a Democrat

The page was created on Nov. 7. With a profile picture of a heart and Guthrie's distinctive mustache, the fake Guthrie had apparently friended other state leaders and at first glance, you might not realize the deception with innocuous posts like "Merry Christmas everyone!" and "Happy Thanksgiving! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday."

But, Guthrie told police, the views in regards to the issues surrounding the Central Coventry Fire District "were opposite views and opinions of his" and he felt "the page was created for the sole reason to 'slander him personally and professionally.'"

The Coventry Police Department has closed the case, pending additional evidence The state's Attorney General's office, however, is reviewing the case. 

Rose February 20, 2014 at 08:50 AM
Good riddance, Mr. Newton. Poor decisions have consequences. You are a perfect example of why bullying is wrong.
Jim Halsband February 20, 2014 at 09:47 AM
Muckraking, a term dating to Teddy Roosevelt and exemplified by Karl Rove against triple amputee Viet Nam Vet US Senator Max Cleland, Cleland served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of Captain. He was awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Star for valorous action in combat, including during the Battle of Khe Sanh on April 4, 1968. With one month left to serve he jumped on a grenade to save two soldiers, one of whom had dropped the live grenade. During his re-election campaign in Georgia, Rove and Ann Coulter took muckraking to a new low and claimed he wasn't a hero and that his injury wasn't sustained in combat, but was just an accident. Since then both parties have lowered the bar to an unconscionable level where platforms and issues are no longer discussed. It is time to "Run 'Em All" this November, when no seated member of Congress or Senate gets to come back. Send a message to Congress, "You Are Fired!" Would you keep your job if your approval rating was 9%? We need real solutions for this constant state of war, not more of the same muckraking. Run 'Em All!!

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