At Starbucks he ordered a chai tea with soy milk – and rejected a reporter’s suggestion that it sounded Oprah-like or vaguely Democratic. He said he adds cinnamon and the sweetener Truvia.
At the Starbucks, across from the Sun Sentinel building at Broward Boulevard and Federal Highway, he encountered people with a range of questions, including a man who talked to him about water policy and another who bent his ear on his way out, in the afternoon heat, who wanted to discuss enforcement of bicycle laws.
“I stop all over the state. I go to Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts and Chipotle and just talk to people,” he said.
Scott was wearing a Navy cap and dark dress pants, which had a splotch of blue paint. He said that happened at an early learning event in Miami-Dade County, where one of the children got paint on him. The governor said that’s the first time in his 3 1/2 years in office that’s happened.
He was in Fort Lauderdale for an event to help fund his re-election campaign, but declined to say who was involved. “People,” he said.
In one piece of local political news, he wouldn’t comment on the dispute among Broward Republicans, who are fighting over the participation of County Commissioner Chip LaMarca and School Board member Heather Brinkworth – who was appointed to the office by Scott – in Saturday’s gay pride parade in Wilton Manors.
When the question started with, “your friends at the Broward Republican Party,” Scott interrupted. “You say ‘friends.’ Is that good for me? It’s like when they ask me a Facebook question. It’s never good for me.”
On the issue, about whether there’s anything wrong with Republicans marching in a gay pride parade, Scott said, “People have different views about a lot of things. I just want to make sure people are never discriminated against.”