Orlando, Florida (CNN) - The Republican Party of Florida has scrapped plans for a pair of unity rallies intended to heal some of the wounds inflicted during the divisive gubernatorial primary between state Attorney General Bill McCollum and former health care executive Rick Scott.
The party had been plotting two such events for Wednesday, one in Orlando and another in Jacksonville, but those plans fell apart due to logistical reasons, RPOF spokeswoman Katie Betta told CNN. Scheduling became an issue because candidates up and down the ballot are scattered across the state, Betta said.
"We are hopeful we will be able to have some kind of event to capitalize on momentum coming out of the primaries, but at this point we are a little gun shy to try and figure out what the structure of the event would look like," Betta said.
The rallies were also scheduled to have a big ticket draw: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association and a possible 2012 presidential candidate.
It's now unclear if Barbour will visit Florida to campaign with the eventual gubernatorial nominee, though he is slated to headline the party's annual Victory Dinner in Orlando on Sept. 10.
Betta also suggested the Scott campaign was hesitant to commit to the unity events because of their well-documented suspicions that the state party was backing McCollum in the primary, a charge Betta denied.
Betta added that the Scott campaign may have been bothered by McCollum's statement Monday that he would be reluctant to back Scott as the GOP nominee.
Jen Baker, a Scott spokeswoman, dismissed those claims and said the campaign only learned of the event cancellations on Tuesday afternoon, when the story was first reported by the Palm Beach Post.