Yesterday, Federal Officials raided a home owned by District 47 State Representative Linda Stewart and handcuffed about a dozen individuals, who were depending on who you ask, renting or squatting in the East Orlando Residence.
Stewart herself is not being investigated but the coverage concentrates on her daughter’s involvement with the people living at that house and her residential status. It’s uncertain if the State Representative herself, even knows exactly what is going on.
In a statement sent out, Stewart had this to say. “Today, I learned that a search warrant was executed at a rental property owned by my Husband and I. After a period of lapsed rent by the residents, we began the legal process of eviction going so far as a notice to vacate earlier this month. Neither I or any member of my immediate family has been the subject of investigation on this matter. I am grateful by today’s swift action by law enforcement authorities. I appreciate their work, as well as the professionalism they’ve displayed during this investigation”
Here is how it played
Orlando Sentinel: Drug agents swarm house owned by Linda Stewart
WKMG Local 6:
WFTV 9 Eyewitness News:
WOFL FOX 35:FOX 35 News Orlando
So How Did It Play?: This is an absolute mess
Best Case Scenario: Stewart was an uninformed property owner that was housing the (allegedly) crack smoking and prostitution type element that she was elected to help eliminate.
Worst Case Scenario: Stewart did know what was going on in that house and her daughter was living there. This not only brings her integrity into question but completely ruins any credibility she has with crime in the legislative arena. How can anyone take her seriously when it comes to public safety when this was going on, right under her nose.
Listen. We all know Linda Stewart isn’t a Walter White/Heisenberg type (although you social media politicos have a sharp sense of humor) but this should not have happened, despite how relieved the former Orange County Commissioner was to see an arrest made. She’s got a tough election coming up this fall, this was exactly the kind of unforced error she did not want to make. She looks confused in all of the media hits and that Herald article stings.