Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Coral Springs, criticized his fellow Democrats on Wednesday for their unsuccessful procedural move to force a House floor debate on an assault weapons ban.
Republicans blocked the maneuver, and news of it created a social media firestorm. CNN has repeatedly shown a clip of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, saying: "The motion is not adopted."
Moskowitz was one of five Democrats recorded as not voting on the motion. He was attending the funeral service for Peter Wang, one of the victims of last week's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Moskowitz is a 1999 graduate of Stoneman Douglas and the school is in his district.
In a Times/Herald interview on Wednesday, Moskowitz said: "I didn't expect the Democratic leadership to expose one of their own members while I was at a funeral paying respects."
He also issued a statement.
For those of you confused and upset about yesterday — we are confused and upset too. When lives are at stake ‘procedural games’ are not the answer. Looking forward to working on BIPARTISAN gun reform & policy change on this issue. https://t.co/CRcvKZEXAp
— Amber Mariano (@ambermariano) February 21, 2018