The Dems planned a walkout during the governor's speech yesterday but he had 'em confused:
Turner was sitting next to House Democratic leader Craig Fitzhugh, and they debated what to do as Haslam spoke. As Turner relates it:
“Craig said, ‘He’s going to do it.’ And I said, ‘I don’t think so’ and then I said, ‘Well, maybe he is.’ And Craig said, ‘I don’t think so.’”
Turner says Democrats weren’t alone, and even some Republicans were mystified by the speech, in which Haslam explained he'd really like to take the Medicaid money but won't—at least not now but maybe later.
“This is the biggest decision a Tennessee governor has had to make in I don’t know when,” Turner says, “and it turned out to be the biggest indecision. There were some Republicans who thought he accepted it when they walked out of there yesterday.”