It's a well-known fact that candidates' family members often face intense scrutiny, as their loved ones progress on their journey to seek political prestige. Considering this fact, it's common for those close to contenders to be extremely careful with their words and actions.
This message purportedly escaped former Florida Congressional hopeful Justin Lamar Sternad's family, as his wife recently doused a local television reporter with water outside the couple's home.
Now, in fairness to Sternad's wife, her husband is no longer running for office. And considering that he's the subject of a criminal investigation, political aspirations have been put on the back-burner. Still, her actions are both comical and noteworthy.
Political reporter Michael Putney of WPLG-TV likely had no idea what he was in for when he approached the Sternad home with some questions about an ongoing legal battle. While there was a sign that read, "Trespassers will be WET!! You have been warned!" posted outside the home, Putney ignored it and approached the door anyway.
As he attempted to introduce himself, the door was quickly opened and the former Democratic candidate's wife promptly threw water on the reporter. The awkwardly shocking incident was captured on camera:
Sternad is under investigation by the FBI for allegedly having his campaign funded by the man he was running against in Florida's 25th congressional district. The Miami Herald has more (as does the above video) about the bizarre political case that is unfolding:
Justin Lamar Sternad, whose failed congressional campaign became the subject of a federal grand-jury investigation, has told the FBI that U.S. Rep. David Rivera was secretly behind his run for office, The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald have learned.
Sternad, 35, also told authorities that his campaign manager, Ana Sol Alliegro, acted as the conduit between the campaign and Rivera, who allegedly steered unreported cash to the Democrat’s campaign, according to sources familiar with the investigation and records shared with The Herald.
Sternad said Alliegro referred to the congressman by his initials, “D.R.,” and called him by the nickname, “The Gangster.”
As for the reporter who had water thrown on him -- well, he's being a good sport about the entire debacle.
“Not everyone’s happy to have a reporter show up at their door,” Putney said in an interview with TVSpy. “That was clearly the case with Mrs. Sternad, who doused me with water. As long as it was just tap water, I don’t consider it a big deal.”