Former Villa Park council member and current candidate for AD-68 Deborah Pauly was arrested for driving under the influence in the early morning hours of 9/12/2015 according to this story in the Voice of OC. Pauly’s car struck a parked truck in Anaheim with her Porsche 911. She failed a field sobriety test and was taken into custody by Anaheim PD.
And Pauly did admit to the Voice of OC that she made have made comments to the Police that could be construed as “anti-Muslim” because “it was 9/11” when arrest records show a 1:24 AM arrest on the city’s police log.
From the Voice of OC:
When reached for comment, Pauly said she didn’t want to discuss the circumstances of her accident this month because her DUI case is still pending.
However, she did acknowledge making comments during the police encounter that could have been construed as anti-Muslim.
At first, she said it’s “absolutely not true” that she made anti-Muslim remarks the night she was arrested. But when asked if she said something that could have been interpreted or misconstrued as anti-Muslim, she responded, “it was 9/11,” referring to the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
According to an online city log, she was arrested at 1:24 am on Sept. 12.
“It’s impossible I think to go through 9/11 without thinking what happened to our country, and how so many of our freedoms have been lost as a result,” she said.
Officers “hear what they want to hear,” Pauly said.
During the interview, Pauly went on to speculate that Muslims had fed the story to Voice of OC. She also accused others who don’t want to see her elected of pushing the story, including possibly her opponents in the assembly race or members of the county GOP establishment.
“This is someone of course trying to discredit me… I expect to be attacked constantly. I expect every little thing I do to be scrutinized,” Pauly said. “I certainly wasn’t making any comments other than how distressing that day is, which it is,” she said.
Pauly also said while she “doesn’t remember making comments about any particular group” during her conversation with the police, it’s possible police thought she was referring to Islamic extremism.
“Maybe when [the officers who arrested her] think of 9/11, they think of Islamic terrorists,” Pauly said. “Maybe any normal person thinks of Islamic terrorists when they think of 9/11, since every single one of the hijackers were Islamic terrorists.”
She further defended her remarks by saying people should be allowed to discuss Islamic extremism on the anniversary of 9/11, saying that it would set a “pretty bad precedent” if people couldn’t “think about this day.”
This is the Pauly family’s second run in with drinking and driving. Pauly’s husband James crashed a Porsche into a curb in 2012; we’re not sure if its the same car. Deborah Pauly asked to drive the car home but police refused because she appeared to be intoxicated at the time.
Pauly is seeking to represent Anaheim, parts of Orange, Tustin and Irvine in the State Assembly; good luck in capturing a significant Muslim vote from Irvine.