After Calling the Florida Governor an Asshole, Cara Jennings Starts #StopRickScott Campaign

Cara Jennings, the ex-Lake Worth Commissioner who became internet-famous when she called Florida Gov. Rick Scott an "asshole" in a Starbucks on April 5, released a video yesterday begging the state of California to help "Stop Rick Scott." She's even started a #StopRickScott hashtag. 

Scott — whose name has been batted around as a possible Donald Trump running mate —  took a trip to California this week, and claimed the state's new minimum-wage hike would drive job-creators out of that state. Scott has urged said job-creators to move to Florida, and California Gov. Jerry Brown is less than pleased.

"If you’re truly serious about Florida’s economic well-being, it’s time to stop the silly political stunts and start doing something about climate change – two words you won’t even let state officials say," Brown said in an open letter. 

On her video, Jennings chimed in, saying, "He's using our taxpayer dollars to attack the entire state of California about their choice to increase the minimum wage to a living wage. Apparently, he thinks that people in California should abandon their fair-paying jobs and move to Florida, where half our residents don't make enough to even cover basic necessities."

Though Jennings has always been a prominent left-wing voice in South Florida, she rose to viral fame after ambushing Scott in a Gainesville Starbucks on April 5. "You're an asshole!" she shouted, continuing to attack Scott for yanking Medicaid away from poor people as Scott nervously scurried out of the coffee shop, careful not to let any of his Cthulhu-like tentacles fall from his pant legs.

In a jaw-dropping move even by Rick Scott standards, Scott's political-action committee then launched a YouTube attack campaign against Jennings, saying she "clearly has problems," attacking her for her refusal to say the Pledge of Allegiance, and then assuring the rest of the state that "pretty much everyone" in Florida has a good job.

Not so, Jennings says. 

"Scott loves to brag about all the jobs he's created, but what he doesn't tell you is that about half the households in Florida make less than what they did 30 years ago," she said yesterday, over a battle-ready drumbeat.

She then begged California for help stopping our dear governor.

"So California, do Florida a favor," she said. "Keep a lookout for Scott at your local coffee shops, and if you see him, let him know that everybody deserves a living wage."

Lastly, she implored Californians to call Scott an asshole on our behalf. 

To help kickstart the movement, here are a few more possible names to call Rick Scott if you run into him at a coffee shop:
  • A Shaved Ferret Made of Nightmares
  • A Four-Limbed Squid-Demon
  • A Nazgul-in-Hiding
  • An Animatronic Business Skeleton
  • Clammy
  • Sexy Crypt Keeper
  • Part-Bat, Part-Crow, All Spooky
  • A Sentient Spider That Dreams Only of Vengeance
  • Batboy
  • Very, Very Slippery
  • Smoke-Flavored
  • Child-Frightening
  • A Collection of Bones Stolen From J.P. Morgan's Grave
  • A man who oversaw what was at the time the largest case of Medicare fraud in history.

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Jerry Iannelli is a staff writer for Miami New Times. He graduated with honors from Temple University. He then earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. He moved to South Florida in 2015.
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