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New video: Let’s Get to Work calls Rick Scott heckler a “latte liberal”

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Let’s Get to Work, the political fundraising committee affiliated with Gov. Rick Scott, is striking back against the Starbucks patron who called him an “a**hole” this week, labeling her a “latte liberal” in a new video. 

The 1-minute clip surfaced Friday on the group’s website and YouTube.

The governor had stopped into a Gainesville Starbucks when former Lake Worth City Commissioner and self-professed “anarchist” Cara Jennings dressed him down in a separate video that went viral.

“You’re an a**hole. You don’t care about working people,” she shouted at Scott, referring to his refusal to accept the federal government’s Medicaid expansion program in Florida. “You should be ashamed to show your face around here.”

When Scott tried to defend himself by saying a million new jobs had been created while he’s been in office, she countered: “A million jobs? Great, who here has a great job?”

In response, the group’s video calls her “a terribly rude woman” and replays some of the original viral video, including the “a**hole” remark, unbleeped.

It calls her out for being a “former government official who refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.” It then notes that “9,300 new jobs” have been created in the Gainesville area, and unemployment was cut in half.

“So who has a great job?” the narrator asks. “Almost everybody. Except those who are sitting around coffee shops, demanding public assistance, surfing the Internet and cursing at customers who come in.”

Jennings, who couldn’t be reached Friday, was rated on her rants in the original video by PolitiFact Florida, which judged her claims “half true.”

Let’s Get to Work last reported cash on hand of $848,513, state campaign finance records show.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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