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Will Crist speak at Broward Dems' big event? Who knows, but the new keynote speaker should be announced on Monday


On Monday, Broward Democratic chairman Mitch Ceasar expects to announce the new speaker for the March 15 Unity Dinner.

Democrats lost their keynote speaker after MSNBC’s Ed Schultz recently backed out.

Schultz cancelled his speech after Huffington Post contacted the network about it.

“He was not told it was a fundraising event,” network spokeswoman Lauren Skowronski told Naked Politics.

It’s difficult to believe that Schultz had no idea the purpose of the event because media routintely describe it as the group’s main fundraising event of the year.

In the past, the group has drawn some high profile speakers including Hillary Clinton, Cory Booker and Terry McAuliffe.

The other mystery about the event: whether former Gov. Charlie Crist who hopes to unseat Republican Gov. Rick Scott will speak. Leaders of Crist’s campaign haven't responded to our questions about whether he will speak. Broward has the highest number of registered Democrats in the state so it's hard to imagine that Crist would skip the event, considered the group's most important of the year.

Broward is the home turf of former state sen. Nan Rich of Weston who is running an underdog campaign against Crist in the Democratic primary. Rich describes herself as the “true Democrat” in the race unlike the GOPer-turned-independent-turned-Democrat Crist. While many Broward Democratic activists are publicly loyal to Rich, they want Scott ousted by a Democrat and are certain to line up behind the primary winner.

In 2010, the Democrats' candidate for governor Alex Sink was criticized for not appearing in Broward early enough and often enough -- and they repaid her with a lousy 41 percent countywide turnout and she lost to Scott.