What did House Speaker Steve Crisafulli say last week during his closed door meeting with his Republican colleagues.
Who knows. But here's the script that he worked off.
Ostensibly meeting to discuss history, Crisafulli's comments are rich with strategy and quite a few laments.
At the top of his beefs was his concern that the issue of Medicaid expansion was never supposed to be the dominant issue of the 2015 session.
"I worked with President Gardiner all summer to develop a work plan and talk about how we would handle session issues," Crisafulli says in the script. "Expanding Medicaid was never part of the agenda. In fact, he stated that he knew where the House was, and did not plan the issue in the Senate. Obviously, things have changed and rather than getting caught up in the why or the how, we are where we are today."
According to the script, Rep. Matt Hudson, R-Naples, then gave a presentation on the Low Income Pool money at the heart of this year's Medicaid expansion. Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Stanford, then handed out an informational packet containing talking points, op-eds and an article he wrote with Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres.
The script then contains the text of Crisafulli's closing remarks.
"We did not create this problem -- the Federal Government did," Crisafulli states.