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After bashing "spoiled" House Speaker Weatherford, Wasserman Schultz blocked from saying hi in person

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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz sharply criticized Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford on Wednesday in Tallahassee only to get blocked from saying hi to the Republican when he was presiding over his chamber a half hour later.

“That’s OK. I’m a big girl. I was pretty pointed in my remarks about him directly,” Wasserman Schultz said when asked about the snub.

“Spoiled little children,” she said, repeating a line from her press conference when she bashed Republicans for not expanding Medicaid.

Weatherford suggested that an aide’s blocking of Wasserman Schultz’ from ascending the speaker’s rostrum wasn’t personal.

“I was tied up at the time ;),” he wrote in a Twitter reply to the Tampa Bay Times’ Katie Sanders, when she noted that “Jeff Atwater gets to approach @willweatherford on the rostrum. @DWStweets, not so much.”

“Thanks for coming by to see us @DWStweets Always a pleasure to see you. Hope you didn't get bored by the reading of the bills,” Weatherford wrote later.

Wasserman Schultz stops by Tallahassee about once a year and was in town to raise money for her campaign and raise awareness about Weatherford's role in stopping the state from expanding Medicaid under Obamacare.

“In my experience, when we duke it out in the arena -- the arena of ideas when I was here– people were able to separate these things. Unfortunately, because we have extremists who have a stranglehold on the Republican Party, apparently that has changed quite a bit since I was last here,” she said.

“Will Weatherford should be ashamed of himself," she said. "This is a guy who, in his own family, needed the benefit of Medicaid when his brother was ill and now is denying a million Floridians the same opportunity.”

The back-and-forth between the two is probably political gold for Weatherford. He gets to tussle with Wasserman Schultz, one of the nation's most-recognizable Democrats, and that can only raise his profile.

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JoBu

For a guy who always seemed mature for his age, Will's youth and overwhelming lack of real life experience are showing. Badly. Stop being a crybaby and legislate.

Garl

I understand the House debated the legislation in question for more than five hours last week, prior to a vote. What would change a second time around?

Jim

"The back-and-forth between the two is probably political gold for Weatherford. He gets to tussle with Wasserman Schultz, one of the nation's most-recognizable Democrats, and that can only raise his profile."

That's nonsense. "Political gold" for almost single-handedly denying health care to almost 1 million working Floridians who can't afford it. Let's not overanalyze things.

Medicaid will likely fail to be expanded in Florida. But let's take the long view. A few years from now, when reports from other states come in on how much they're saving and how many people they're serving, Florida will fall in line -- just like states originally fell in line, after a partisan gap, when Medicaid was first implemented.

Wasserman-Schultz's comments are spot on. Weatherford's actions aren't just immature, they're immoral.

J. Broderick

Name calling is unbecoming of Ms. Wasserman-Schultz. She can advocate her position without lowering herself to personal insults

WWJD

All the bickering aside, the fact that Rick Scott was part of the biggest Medicare fraud scandal in US history will not go away. He should resign immediately.

Nero at the Helm

The Republican GOP are immoral and unchristian. Is this what Jesus would do you right wing religious extremists?
NO.

Can't take anymore

Little Willie Weatherford keeps showing just what an immature punk he is. Riding on the back for his millionaire former-politician father in law he has had a political free ride. Enjoy it while it lasts, Willie, because you have the same political future as former Speaker Johnnie Byrd. Another oversized ego brought to the Speakership by term limits then soon forgotten.

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