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Jon Stewart Asks Rick Scott for a Urine Specimen

By Javier Manjarres

During Governor Rick Scott’s 2012-2013 budget roll out in Tallahassee, Florida, The Daily Show’s Assif Mandvi sprang up from his seat to ask Governor Scott if he would urinate in a plastic specimen cup he had brought with him.  Mandvi continued to badger the Governor, albeit respectfully, until Scott firmly told him that ” he didn’t run the show’, which instantly prompted Mandvi to stop his questioning.

After the event, we caught up with Mandvi in the lobby to ask him why he would make such an inane request of the Governor.  Mandvi said that both he and Jon Stewart would both be willing to “pee freely”- all in the name of ratings, I suppose.   So let’s “man up”, gentleman- I dare both Mandvi and Stewart to each submit a urine sample during their next taping of the Daily Show- chances are that neither of you will have   the ‘cojones’ to do so.

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • Charlie Melton

    U ask Stewart and Mondvi to pee in a cup… but I don’t think they take tax payer money…. I don’t care what drugs they do… Scott should be willing to do what he is asking welfare recipients to do…. but as u put it…. more than likely he doesn’t have the “cojones” to do it.

  • Joe Gillis

    1. Governor Scott has asked the most vulnerable segment of our population to submit to a test that is degrading and wasteful at least and unconstitutional at worst. Asking him to abide by similar treatment makes much more sense than asking late night comedians to do so — though I’m sure neither would mind.

    2. Given the massive costs of implementation dwarfing the savings to date, isn’t this program likely dead for fiscal reasons if not concerns for civil liberties?

    I yearn for the party of HW Bush and Reagan. I yearn for the the Reagan tax rates, for his commitment to ending nuclear weapons, for his commitment to soft power that ended the cold war — how upside down is now nation when Reagan stood to Obama’s left in every meaningful way?

    • Bob

      Degrading? I had to pee in a cup as part of my pre-employment screening as did probably 90% of the people gainfully employed outside of the gov’t sector. As to un-Constitutionality, there’s no unreasonable search. You want the cash, then you VOLUNTARILY submit your sample.

      As to Reagan being to the left of O-bow-Mao, methinks you’re either directionally challenged or you’re attributing O-bow-Mao’s statist/fascist methods to the wrong side of the political spectrum. Read Jonah Goldbergs’s “Liberal Fascism”.

  • Joe Gillis

    It’s curious to find my calm, polite comment consisting of diplomatically delivered opinions and fact deleted.

    Of course the ellipsis-crazed commenter who can’t be bothered to spell words out in full remains.

  • http://8D8M Desmond

    Most individuals that have responsible employment are subject to random drug screening. The idea of screening welfare recipients is not that offensive, since they take taxpayer funds willfully. The potential recipient can reject the taxpayer assistance, and then no screening. Nothing is free, welfare is welfare, it costs somebody something to provide it. Those that provide it ask for proof that it does not feed a drug habit, that’s all.
    The fellow asking for the sample during the news conference was out-of-line. Those involved showed tremendous restaint, it was not humorous. He was a disruption during an informative session.

    The Stewart crew can do as they please, they aren’t taking welfare. They’re not really funny either, maybe just a little insane.

  • Rick Caird

    I doubt the CEO of any major company is being urine tested. So, the idea that if welfare recipients are drug tested, so should the CEO is absurd.