Rick Scott, Florida Governor, Asked To Pee In Cup By Daily Show Correspondent
Florida Governor Rick Scott just can't catch a break. As if asking for $1 billion more in education funding while trying to close a $2 billion budget gap today wasn't hard enough, a reporter with Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with John Stewart" asked him to pee in a cup while the governor was taking questions on his budget proposal.
In a nod to Scott's demand that drug tests be required for welfare recipients, reporter Aasif Mandvi stood up during questioning and tried to get a plastic cup passed up to Scott, so he could "prove to Florida taxpayers you're not on drugs."
"I've done it plenty of times," the governor responded, before cutting off Mandavi minutes later as he tried to ask a second question.
"You don't get to run this," Scott told the one-time Tampa resident and USF student.
Though he never did take the blue plastic cup, Scott's administration is still trying to push the law forward, appealing a federal judge's ruling that it may violate the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.
Florida Department of State communications director Chris Cate didn't find the prank funny, and said as much on Twitter.
@ChrisCate- Chris Cate
@aasif should have more respect. Wrong place. Upstaging @FLGovScott during his budget recs isn't funny to the millions a budget impacts.
To be fair, though, as the millions the budget affects are Floridians, and Floridians hate Rick Scott, they were probably crying with laughter.