Watch: Florida Gov. Rick Scott Flees Through Back Door Of Restaurant As Crowd Boos And Shouts ‘Coward’
On Monday, Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) was making a campaign stop in Venice, Florida when he was met with angry protesters outside of Mojo’s Real Cuban restaurant who quickly shamed him out of the establishment.
The governor, who is term-limited under Florida’s constitution, is currently in a tight race against incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D) for Nelson’s Senate seat.
He entered the restaurant but only stayed about 10 minutes before he left to a booing crowd, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.
His supporters held up campaign signs and chanted “Rick Scott”, but they were drowned out by the protesters.
Florida has been hit by a widespread epidemic of toxic algae — also known as red tide — that is harmful to humans and kills thousands of fish. Scientists said that global warming is to blame for the phenomenon.
Protesters outside the restaurant reportedly chanted “Hey hey, ho ho, red tide Rick has got to go” and held signs that dubbing him “red tide Rick.”
John Citara, a Sarasota resident, came to protest Scott wearing a white hazmat suit and gas mask. He told the newspaper that he and his sons go to the beach now to document the environmental crisis — not to swim.
“Once you wipe out the economy and the tourism, Florida’s dead,” Citara said. “If this doesn’t show us we need to do things differently and hold people accountable, what will?”
Scott’s critics told the newspaper that he is only exacerbating the problem.
According to Herald-Tribune, increased nutrient levels in water from leaking septic tanks or lawn fertilizer causes red tide blooms to develop,
Scott signed legislation that repealed mandatory septic tank inspections in 2012. As governor, he has also cut $700 million from the state’s water management districts and reduced staffing at the Florida state Department of Environmental Protection, the newspaper added.
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— Zac Anderson (@zacjanderson) September 17, 2018