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Reps. Darryl Rouson and Matt Gaetz get snappy on the floor

A scene from a very long day in the Florida House:

House Democrats gathered behind closed doors on the floor late Wednesday to talk strategy.

They were interrupted by a bright flash from outside -- from Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz's iPhone.

Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, left the bubble and confronted Gaetz in the middle aisle of the House floor. He whipped out his own phone and took video of Gaetz. (Rouson sent us the video, which even features a kiss to the camera from Gaetz.)

Gaetz went through with his tweet: "44 democrats huddling in the bubble. Greatest liberal brain trust since Lawton Chiles dined alone."

Rouson didn't know he did it until asked about the incident by a Times reporter. He says he was just teasing Gaetz.

"I didn't like it because we were conducting serious business about people, our constituents, things like that," he said. "I just didn't think it was too cute to take a picture of us and then tweet it."

Last we checked, Gaetz and Rouson were joking with each other on the floor.??

Scott Keeler contributed.