Steve Bousquet column: Medicaid creates House divided
From Times Tallahassee Bureau Chief Steve Bousquet, a column on Will Weatherford, Democrats and lack of bipartisanship:
House Speaker Will Weatherford can't have it both ways.
The Wesley Chapel Republican's role model is his father-in-law, Allan Bense, who set the modern standard for bipartisanship as speaker.
Much in the mold of Bense, Weatherford has sought to work cooperatively with Democrats with a minimum of partisanship.
But Weatherford also likes to fire up a CPAC conference or an Americans for Prosperity rally with red-meat talk about why Florida should not take federal billions to expand Medicaid and cover a million more uninsured Floridians.
That two-sided approach simply won't work, as Weatherford discovered last week in a quick end to the kumbaya moments of his first session as speaker.