Bondi Fakes Fake News Correspondent

By: Jim Turner | Posted: December 8, 2011 9:39 PM

A fake news correspondent from the Daily Show failed to catch Attorney General Pam Bondi off guard.

Asked Thursday by Aasif Mandvi, a correspondent for the Comedy Central’s fake news program, if she was willing to submit to a drug urine test, Bondi handed him a pre-filled plastic cup.

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Her name was on a label.

“I’m always prepared,” Bondi told Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi.

The two were circled by members of the Tallahassee Press Corps following a media conference in the Cabinet conference room where she and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam had just voiced opposition to the destination gaming bill.

Mandvi, who disrupted the Q&A portion of Gov. Rick Scott’s budget presentation a day earlier to make a similar request, would later declare the liquid from Bondi “apple juice.”

The Daily Show has targeted the state since the Legislature approved a law earlier this year to require welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to qualify for benefits.

Rep. Scott Randolph interviewed by Aasif MandviRep. Scott Randolph interviewed by Aasif Mandvi regarding Florida's drug-testing law.

The faux news program received a better reception in the Capitol from Democrats, as evidenced by the minority party sending tweets out on Thursday of Mandvi interviewing Reps. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, and Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg.

Meanwhile, Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, praised Bondi, but also lamented that he missed the correspondent.

Grant tweeted “Not sure how I avoided @Aasif's "pee in a cup ambush" as such a loyal fan of @thedailyshow. Kudos to @PamBondi's @http://bit.ly/v4IHI5”


Reach Jim Turner at jturner@sunshinestatenews.com or (772) 215-9889.

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