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The man challenging wildly successful first term State Representative Bob Cortes is short on scruples and full of dangerous innuendo.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Anyone who knows Bob Cortes, is likely surprised with his Democratic opponent's method of trying to define him in the contest for Florida House District 30.

 

Ryan Yadav, the flashy criminal defense Attorney from Seminole County, relentlessly refers to Cortes as a "Tow-Truck Operator, Tow-Truck Driver, etc."

 

Our readers know that we don't mind calling a spade a spade, but that is not what Mr. Yadav is doing.

 

He is trying to conjure up one of two images: that Cortes must be either a low-rent guy because of his blue-collar work, or even worse... that Cortes is a blue collar Hispanic, a member of the working class.

 

I think he is trying to do both.

 

Instead of attacking Cortes on his intelligence, he is attacking his character as a person because of his profession, which is flat out wrong.

 

By that reasoning you could argue that all defense attorney's are bad because they earn their keep representing people who have committed crimes or been accused of committing crimes.

 

I think that comparison is unfair and as ridiculous as what Mr. Yadav is doing to Representative Cortes.

 

Defense attorneys have morals and trusted to serve.

 

Tow-truck drivers who run their own small business like Bob Cortes can also be trusted and capable of leading our area in the Florida House.

 

However, while Cortes has built a business with positive marks from the Better Business Bureau and customers, Yadav was defending a client who stole from fellow local attorney Phillip Kaprow's mother.

 

"Mr. Yadav took money to defend Stacey Lee. Stacey was my late mother's caretaker, my late mother's confidant, and later my late mother's embezzler, as she stole a credit card to take her son's soccer team to Wet-n-Wild.

 

Oh yeah, she also took the money from the parents.

 

When she violated her probation, after my mother had passed, he asked us for leniency in seeking the court's full weight of punishment, as was promised to my late mother who insisted on being at the first sentencing to tell the judge how hurt she was."

 

Kaprow shared his story on Facebook October 10th, appearing appalled at how Yadav was trying to denigrate Cortes' character. His story is a perfect example of a reason you could judge someone based upon their professional occupation.

 

Mr. Kaprow's outcry follows a post from Cortes' own daughter, who described how her tow-truck driving father built a successful family business, while providing a better life for his children and helping them realize their dreams.

 

Everyone deserves a fair defense, but attorneys aren't obligated to defend anyone for any reason, and many pass on defending such cases because of the nature of the crime.

 

Was Mr. Yadav's motivation for defending something as reprehensible as a caretaker stealing from an ailing patient purely financial? Or did he truly believe the defendant was not wrong in her actions?

 

We will never know.

 

But, if that case is an indicator of who he brags about providing criminal defense services to, we have a pretty good idea of his character and moral compass.

 

In Bob Cortes, voters have a small business owner who rose from his neighborhood HOA to become Longwood's first Hispanic Mayor to the Florida House of Representatives.

 

With Ryan Yadav, District 30 residents are provided the archetypal defense attorney, who is more concerned about building his wealth than defending those who are actually contrite in their actions.

 

We all "gotta eat" as they say, but it appears that Mr. Cortes has the more honest means of earning income, since Mr. Yadav wants to focus on that kind of thing.

 

I'll leave this with a line from one of my favorite Minus the Bear songs, Ice Monster.

 

"The check has been cashed, there's not stopping it now."

 

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at [email protected]

 

 

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