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Political ad takes on ‘latte liberal’ who cursed Gov. Rick Scott in coffee shop

A screengrab from a new ad from Gov. Rick Scott’s political committee, responding to a woman who berated and cursed at him in a Gainesville Starbucks this week.
A screengrab from a new ad from Gov. Rick Scott’s political committee, responding to a woman who berated and cursed at him in a Gainesville Starbucks this week. Let’s Get to Work / YouTube

Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s political committee launched an online ad today in an attempt to turn the tables on a woman who scolded him and called him an “a--hole” at a Gainesville Starbucks this week.

In a now infamous confrontation, Cara Jennings wanted to know why Scott approved legislation regulating abortion providers and she criticized him for opposing Medicaid expansion in Florida. Before leaving the coffee shop empty-handed, Scott at the time offered an unrelated talking point that “we’ve got a million jobs” in Florida. Part of the confrontation was captured on video, prompting it to go viral Wednesday.

“A million jobs? Great. Who here has a great job?!” Jennings yelled at Scott.

“Well, almost everybody,” claims the new 60-second ad from “Let’s Get to Work.”

The ad mocks Jennings by simultaneously attempting to reinforce Scott’s jobs claim and demonizing her for the outburst.

Scott’s ad refers to Jennings, a former member of the Lake Worth city council, as a “latte liberal” and “terribly rude woman” and sarcastically points out that she’s a self-proclaimed “anarchist,” who has in the past refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance.

“That woman clearly has a problem,” the narrator says, before noting that 9,300 jobs have been created in the Gainesville area since Scott took office in 2011 and the unemployment rate there was cut in half.

In answer to Jennings’ question, the narrator concludes that “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.”

Watch the full ad here:

Kristen M. Clark: 850-222-3095, kclark@miamiherald.com, @ByKristenMClark

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