Charlie Crist to give “banned” Rick Scott speech Thursday in Orlando

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Charlie Crist will not be discouraged.

The former governor and current Democratic candidate will deliver the speech meant for the Florida Council of 100, the ostensibly non-partisan, but Republican-leaning group of top business leaders. That speech — which would have been off-limits to the press — was originally scheduled for the spring meeting of the Council in Orlando this Thursday but was abruptly cancelled late last week.

The cancellation “had the fingerprints of Rick Scott(‘s) Chief of Staff all over it,” reported the Tampa Bay Times, saying that theCouncil feared upsetting the governor, who Crist will likely face in November.

According to a statement from Crist’s campaign, the speech would have an “all-out attack” on Scott’s record, as well as his integrity — “a bully with a $100 million checkbook.”

“We have a governor who leads by embracing the ideological fringes, taking care of his friends, bullying his opponents, hiding from the public and press and running from tough issues,” the text of the speech goes.

Crist’s speech is now set for Wednesday, May 21 beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Ballroom at Church Street, 225 S. Garland Ave. in Orlando.

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