Gov. Scott responds to viral Starbucks video

Posted at 6:59 PM, Apr 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 00:49:45-04

Days after Cara Jennings’ tirade against Governor Rick Scott went viral, Scott created a video of his own.

Jennings said she saw the video posted on Scott's, Let's Get to Work, fundraising website and was disgusted.

“It's a form of intimidation,” Cara Jennings said.  “That the governor seems to be sending a message to other citizens in the state, that if you are bold enough to call him out, on policy that effects your lives in a public place; then you can expect the consequences.  He is degrading my name to all of Florida.”

Jennings had a viral video of her own that was posted toYoutube a few days ago.

The 59 secondvideo doesn’t address the issue of women’s health.  Instead, it focuses on the Scot’s retort to Jennings in the Gainesville Starbucks that he has created a million jobs.

To which Jennings replied, ““A million jobs? Great, who here has a great job?” she says. “Or is looking forward to finishing school? Do you really feel like you have a job coming up?”

Right before Jennings made that response she called Scott an a-hole.

She told ABC Action News reporter Michael Paluska she probably could have used a different term.  But, that is what came out in the heat of the moment.

Let's Get to Work,which is the independent political action committee supported by Scott, and Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera.  The video did not hold back the attacks against Jennings.

“That woman clearly has a problem,” the video said.  “It turns out she is a former government official who refused to recite the pledge of allegiance, calls herself an anarchist.”  

The video also alludes to Jennings being unemployed and living off of the state.

“I am lucky to be employed and I do not receive any public benefits,” Jennings said. “The fact that he would insinuate that I didn't have any employment, and try to ridicule me on the fact shows a total lack of compassion on the governors part for people who are unemployed.”

Jennings said she has gotten a lot of thank you’s for her candor and going after Scott.

After ABC Action News called Scott’s office to confirm where they got the number of jobs created in the Gainesville area at 9,300.  We did our own calculation and found the same numbers were roughly 15 percent lower than what the video supports, and is closer to 8,100 jobs.