Some politicians make attack ads against political opponents. Florida Gov. Rick Scott makes them against, uh, constituents who dare criticize him.
In a video that quickly went viral, a woman named Cara Jennings confronted Scott in a Gainesville, Florida Starbucks for signing a bill cutting funding to Planned Parenthood and other providers of women’s healthcare. In response, he dissembled and denied and then lectured her on where she should get healthcare. The part that went viral came next.
“You cut Medicaid so I couldn’t get Obamacare,” Jennings yelled, entirely accurately. “You’re an a**shole. You don’t care about working people. You should be ashamed to show your face around here.”
Scott protested that he had “created a million jobs,” a huge and round number that appears to be based on air. Jennings looked around and asked other customers if any of them had one of these great jobs. No one answered.
Jennings again suggested that shame should be his mantle, and Scott left Starbucks latte-less.
By week’s end, Scott had unleashed the power of his office and political PAC and released an attack video on Jennings, calling her a “latte liberal,” former “anarchist” and someone who “refused to pledge allegiance” when she was a Palm Beach County Commissioner. Because obviously, only an anarchist and a traitor would be upset about the fact that poor women are being denied access to healthcare.
The rest of the attack video bragged about the governor’s job creation and said “almost everybody” has a job, “except those who are sitting around coffee shops, demanding public assistance, surfing the Internet, and cursing at customers.”
So, that was a mature and dignified way of handling it.
Rick Scott has turned Florida into the shitter. Cara had every right to yell at him. This is the right way to confront a protester: