Accidentally Deleted

The email accounts which Governor Rick Scott and his closest staff used to manage his transition to power have mysteriously vanished, drawing the ire of the ACLU of Florida.

Emails sent and received during Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) transition into the governor’s mansion were accidentally deleted soon after he took office, the Miami Herald reports.

Scott’s office acknowledged last week that the emails were inadvertently deleted. But it’s not exactly clear how many emails were deleted, or how exactly it happened.

A private company managing the accounts deleted the emails as early as mid-January, the Herald reports. Chris Kise, an attorney who served on Scott’s transition team, told the Herald that as many as 50 email accounts — including Scott’s — were deleted. Deleting the emails was a mistake, he said. [...]

The emails, the Herald reports, covered everything from the governor’s stationery to hiring decisions to a meeting with a state Supreme Court justice.

It was an accident! Honest! Nothing to see here! Governor Scott has simply joined the ranks of executives, whose members include the likes of George Bush and Dick Cheney, that have their emails mysteriously deleted.

By the way, what the fuck is a private company doing managing the email accounts of a future state executive? Emails which include meetings with Supreme Court justices and those who Scott intends to appoint to public office.

The state of Florida is currently facing a lawsuit over Governor Scott’s plan to drug-test welfare recipients and state employees. None of those emails would have anything to do with those plans would they?

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  • Robert Burns

    Not to defend Rick Scott, but it is not likely illegal for s0meone in Florida to delete an e-mail even if they work for the state, let alone a transition team. That would be subject to the records retention schedules of the agency. That said, if the ACLU wants to spend enough money, they are recoverable.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rick-Janes/607039439 Rick Janes

      I’m not an expert on Florida state law, but most states require by law that all official documents having to do with state business, including emails, be retained. After all, they belong to the public, ostensibly. It strains credulity that all 50 email accounts would be ‘accidentally’ deleted — it’s more fantastic than Rose Mary Woods ‘accidentally’ deleting 18-minutes of Nixon’s Watergate tapes. Scott’s obviously hiding something and the citizens of Florida deserve to know what it is.

  • muselet

    Now, why am I not surprised by this?

    –alopecia

  • holyreality

    The dog cannot eat this homework.

    Email leaves copies everywhere it goes, and arrives. If it was deleted off one server, it is surely on another. That is unless a tech expert deletes it everywhere, and that is done usually to enact a coverup of some sort or another…
    just sayin’

    • http://twitter.com/bphoon Brian C

      Impossible to “accidentally” delete everything from everywhere. Douchebag criminal Rick Scott won’t go down for this, though. He’ll find some way to weasel out of it. The people of Florida, however, better watch out lest they get fined several billion a la Columbia HCA…

  • BuffaloBuckeye

    Out of curiosity, does Scott’s wife have any ownership of this email management company?