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Orlando business group cancels Crist speech

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Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he is “disappointed” that a speech planned before a group of business leaders in Orlando on Thursday was cancelled.

“When you’re invited to speak and then all of a sudden, 48 hours before you’re supposed to speak, you get uninvited, it’s rude to be blunt,” said Crist, who is running for his old job as a Democrat.

Both Crist and his potential political opponent for the governor’s race, Gov. Rick Scott, had been scheduled to speak at the meeting of the Florida Council of 100. Scott’s speech did take place; Crist’s did not.

“But it’s ok, I’m a big boy I can handle it, but apparently Rick Scott can’t,” Crist said. “And I think that’s the reason that I was asked not to speak, because I don’t think he wants to hear the vision I have for Florida’s future.”

Asked about the cancellation at a news conference in Tampa, Scott said he didn’t have anything to do with it.

“Actually he was there this morning during my speech,” Scott said. “They’ll see a great change a great difference between the two of us. Someone that talks a lot and someone who gets things done.”

The chair of the Florida Council of 100 said in an email that the group is a “non-partisan organization dedicated to sound public policy for a better Florida.”

“As our meeting schedule developed, we wanted to ensure our policy meetings remained policy focused and not evolve into a political event,” the email said. “We then sought out Governor Crist who graciously accepted our apology for any inconvenience we may have caused.”

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