Just a few days after touting a campaign treasure of $135,000, Tyler Diep annouces he’s no longer running for the California Assembly.
The Westminster city councilman previously sent a press release saying he’d raised $135,000 for his race to the Assembly district 72, a newly created district parts of which cover Little Saigon. That puts him way ahead of two other Viet candidates, OC Board of Education member Long Pham and perennial candidate Joe Dovinh. (Actually Pham too is always running for something.)
Why? Because “the strategy is no longer appropriate.” Why not? Because there are now 3 Vietnamese vying for the seat.
It’s unclear why it took 2 months for Diep to realize he’s got competition, but there we go.
Diep did not mention the fact that his own mayor, Westminster’s Margie Rice, has decided to endorse someone else in this race: Huntington Beach’s Matthew Harper, an aide to OC Supervisor Janet Nguyen. Rice was apparently endorsing Diep before.
Diep also says he’s hoping donors to the Assembly campaign “will understand” his decision. The $135,000 will now go either go to other candidates or to Diep’s own reelection campaign for the Westminster City Council, Diep says.
Ah yes. $135,000 for a reelection campaign to the Westminster City Council. The Bolsavik is sure the people who gave Diep money to buy a cow will totally understand it, that he’s bringing home a handful of beans.