Rick Scott's Emails Magically Go Missing

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Yeah, you can find those emails next to the Columbia/HCA memos. LOL!
Gov. Rick Scott loves to tout how open his office is to records requests -- never mind the outrageous price tag -- but it gets a little tough to acquire public records when they magically disappear.

That's what happened to the St. Petersburg Times' Capitol reporter Michael C. Bender, he wrote last night, when he went looking for some emails from the governor and his transition team while he was Florida's governor-elect.

Bender says his paper requested the documents in January, and yesterday -- which was August 18 -- Scott's office decided to let him know that they're pretty sure all those emails they requested were deleted in January.

The governor's office claims that the email accounts were being managed by a private company, and when Scott's transition to governor took place, they deleted as many as 50 email accounts, including the governor's.

While it would seem that destroying public records is a likely violation of the state's public records laws, Scott told the paper he "didn't do email much," which is fine and dandy, but we're sure Bender would like proof of that.

Most of Florida's administrative code includes rules for maintaining public records, but also includes rules for disposing of public records -- which includes documenting the destruction, something else that didn't happen in the email debacle.

In St. Petersburg, politicking blogger Peter Schorsch mentions a "Nixonian" parallel the governor is drawing -- and this latest stunt furthers his point.

"We all know that the Scott administration, like the school child who blames the dog for eating their homework, is full of s**t," he says. "It would be easier to understand and forgive the Scott administration for 'accidentally' deleting emails if it did not already possess a Nixonian regard for open government laws."


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Des1mcg
Des1mcg

What a bunch of sore losers.  Democrates are "gunning" for the guy.  In the meantime, Scott has produced 85,000 new jobs, balanced the budget, restored Florida AAA S & P credit score, is working for free, etc., etc.,  Give it up and let the man do his job for the people of Florida.

Gwarmwind
Gwarmwind

We need to impeach this guy.  He probably intentionally deleted those emails so he wouln't have to read all the garbage people are sending him.  How is it that they mysteriously disappeared. They can recover them on the hard disc drive if they wanted too.  But, it doesn't surprise me .  They probably had details in them about him breaking the law, and his thought is sweep it under the carpet.  He is flushing FL right down the tiolet.  He is the worst governor FL ever had. A crook like him needs to be behind bars.  

judyrobin
judyrobin

If he's destroying records, he's hiding something, and with his history, probably criminal.  After all, he made his millions by stealing from the government. Let's fund some investigations.  Arrest is the ONLY way we can get him out of office.

th3realtruth
th3realtruth

The door to impeachment is offically open! 

Regardless of what's in the deleted emails, the fact that they were deleted alone is a criminal violation of Sunshine State Laws.  Time to launch a formal investigation. 

This is the break we have been waiting for!!!

defenderdata
defenderdata

He will plead the 5th again.  This guys is the worst governor in the history of Florida.  Also "Florida loses jobs in July

Bubba The Wise
Bubba The Wise

What interests me in this story, is that there was a specific individual, a lawyer, responsible for the maintenance of the transition emails. Apparently, it wasn't until months into the transition that the lawyer sent out a memo telling people to keep all their records.

Matthew, this looks like a situation that could use further investigation. Even though they were able to salvage some of the emails from private accounts, it would be interesting to see if the missing emails covered a specific period or possibly some specific topics in the time frame of the deletions. It just looks a little too convenient that the emails were "disappeared."

Saint Petersblog
Saint Petersblog

Rick Scott announces details of sweepstakes to hang with him at P5; maybe you can help him find the missing emails. 

bit.ly/oUuEg1 

Artieboy2
Artieboy2

um...see...no.  Put the kool-aid down...he's been busy destroying jobs...and he just spent $80,000 decorating his offices...your and his views of reality are skewed severely.  I say with all due respect that any intelligent person who actually reads will figure this out.

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