Though a certain number of Democrats still hope that Rich will get that one-on-one shot to debate Crist, the Florida Press Association and the Florida Society of News Editors aren't apparently hung up on that, as they have announced that they have invited Crist to appear at their gubernatorial forum on Thursday, July 10 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.
Not surprisingly, Scott has declined the chance to speak at or near the same time as Crist.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Melissa Sanders, Governor Scott's re-election campaign manager, has issued a statement saying, "The governor will debate the Democratic nominee in the fall. Charlie Crist should stop playing games and stop hiding from Nan Rich. What is he scared of?"