ORLANDO — “He is risen! Let’s get drunk and fight.”
That’s what one man posted to a picture on U.S. Congressman Darren Soto‘s Facebook page that showed Soto and his wife, Amanda, enjoying an Easter Sunday church service hours before Amanda was charged with disorderly intoxication at Disney Springs.
According to Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Cory Heller, Amanda Soto, 33, of Celebration, got into a drunken, aggressive fight with her mother while they were waiting for a bus at Disney Springs.
The deputy said he saw they struggled with one another — Amanda had grabbed her mother by the backpack straps — so he went over to help. When he got close, he said both women appeared drunk, so he tried to help them get into an Uber.
But maybe Amanda hadn’t absorbed enough of the Good Word from her TWO Easter morning services at Parkview Christian Center and New Mount Zion in Haines City, because that’s when Heller said she began “screaming profanities” at him and the Uber driver.
Heller wrote in his report: “It should be noted that I attempted to calm Amanda numerous times from her agitated state and that even while attempting to speak with her she continued to utter that her husband is a congressman, therefore, she can do whatever she wants.”
She was arrested Sunday at 10:44 p.m. and charged with disorderly conduct, a second-degree misdemeanor. She spent the night in jail before being released Monday morning.
Democrat Darren Soto, a first-term congressman, issued the following statement:
“My wife, Amanda, has for years suffered from depression and been under medical care. In accordance with her treatment plan and under her doctor’s supervision, she recently stopped using her medications. Yesterday, she drank too much and reached an argumentative state with a family member, which led to arrest. She deeply regrets her actions and takes full responsibility for them. Amanda and her physician will be reviewing her mental health treatment, immediately.
Because any Easter at Disney that ends in an arrest is clearly going to be filled with lots of irony, you can read more about Amanda Soto at her Happy and Healthy Body blog at happyandhealthybody.com.
On March 8, her birthday, she posted about what she’s learned in the past year: “To not sweat the small stuff … I ask myself, did someone die? No? I’m doing pretty good then.”
We hope she gets the help she needs.