Crist returns to Orlando to deliver denied speech

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) - Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist says he believes political favoritism played a factor in his being denied a chance to speak in front of a group of Florida business leaders last week.

He returned to Orlando on Wednesday to talk to a different group. He also unleashed the same unrelenting attacks on Republican Gov. Rick Scott he'd planned to deliver in a speech that questioned Scott's job creation record, education policies and accused him of "trying to bully me by waving his $100 million checkbook."

Crist, a Democrati, was scheduled to speak in front of the Florida Council of 100 last week at an event that also featured Scott.

But Crist says he was later "disinvited" in what he was told was an effort not to make the event political.


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