Cara Jennings, the Florida resident who trashed Gov. Rick Scott and called him an asshole at a Gainesville Starbucks in a viral video, is now launching a campaign encouraging others to let Scott know what they think using the #StopRickScott.
The video by Jennings, a former Lake Worth commissioner, also asks Californians to call Scott an asshole on behalf of Florida residents. Scott is currently visiting California to try to lure business to the Sunshine State, but he has run into some controversy after the state's public-private economic development agency Enterprise Florida ran radio ads attacking California's $15 minimum wage hike, claiming 700,000 jobs would be lost. California Gov. Jerry Brown has been less than pleased, telling Scott in a letter, "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."
"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," Jennings says in the video. "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."
Jennings wrote an open letter in the Huffington Post this week explaining she yelled at Scott earlier this month over the impacts of House Bill 1411, the new law that puts tighter restrictions on abortion clinics. Afterward, Scott's political action committee "Let's Get to Work" released an attack video on Jennings, calling her a "latte liberal" and "terribly rude." The ad said "almost everybody" has a great job in Florida "except those who are sitting around coffee shops, demanding public assistance, surfing the Internet and cursing at customers who come in."
But Jennings says the struggle is not about Scott and her, but the millions of Floridians affected by Scott's policies.
"Maybe friends in the Golden State will be next to run into Scott at a coffee shop and have the chance to tell him we all deserve a living wage, or that we all deserve access to quality healthcare," she writes. "Our dignity demands that we continue to organize and act against the politicians who do not care if we live or die, so long as they stay rich and powerful. We are not voiceless, but we go mostly unheard. Perhaps, we must turn up the volume."
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.