The Council of 100 has canceled former Gov. Charlie Crist's scheduled speech on Thursday morning, which he had planned to give just hours after his political opponent and successor, Gov. Rick Scott, appeared.
The reasons for the cancelation are unclear, but sources familiar with the incident say the business group felt nervous about the political ramifications of upsetting the current incumbent at the council's Spring General Membership Meeting in Orlando.
The council's president and CEO, Susan Pareigis, didn't return calls, a text message or an email. Spokespeople for Scott couldn't be reached, either.
When asked for comment, Crist spokesman Kevin Cate confirmed that the Democrat's 11 a.m. speech was canceled and suggested it was done with Scott in mind, as one council member privately told The Miami Herald.
"It’s unfortunate that Rick Scott is apparently using every ounce of political pressure he has left to stifle healthy dialogue about the future of our state. He is clearly scared of the People’s Governor and the people’s will coming in November,” Cate said in a statement.