Tyler Diep’s Actions were so unethical that a fellow Councilmember said were “a reason for all of us to be scared”
After Tyler Diep was elected to the city council in 2009 one of the first things he did was try to use his power as councilman to intimidate the local police. The Story was chronicled in the Orange County Register.
Tyler Diep tried to bar police from doing routine business checkups on a local restaurant/bar owned by his friend. The restaurant/bar is a frequented by Diep and his buddy Andy Quach, a former councilman and many other Diep friends. Quach was arrested for DUI just a few months earlier and it was rumored he was leaving this same bar. In my 20 years in politics, I have observed a much larger number of people within politics who drink to excess (than in the real world) and this incident makes me wonder if this describes young Tyler as well.
Months after Quach’s DUI, Diep went ballistic and called the watch commander when he heard that police were doing a routine check-up at his favorite hangout. When Diep was told his call was being recorded, as all calls to the police are, Diep drove down to the Police Station after midnight to talk to the Watch Commander directly to try and convince them not to do their job. Had Diep been drinking? Was Diep worried he would get a DUI of his very own? Would this jeopardize the massive haul of taxpayer dollars he currently enjoys?
Judge for yourself and listen to this: Full Audio Recording:
The police officers repeatedly tell Diep their check-up was routine but that doesn’t stop him. “I’ll talk to the Chief about it” he ends up warning the officers.
Diep’s actions were so reprehensible Mayor Margie Rice called him out in the OC Register:
“We have to treat all businesses normally,” Rice said. “If a city council member is not being fair about the way they act and administer, that’s a reason for all of us to be scared.”
Rice is spot on. Tyler Diep’s behavior should scare us all. What would he do in Sacramento?
P.S. Could you imagine the negative campaign mail this story alone could bring? Diep has been lining up endorsements in an attempt to look inevitable. Having seen a string of “inevitable” Republican candidates lose in recent years, it is time to think AD72 through before there is mass buyer’s remorse.
To be continued…