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Crist: DOT's use of breakfast-named e-mails 'odd'



Gov. Charlie Crist -- not known as a regular user of e-mail -- says he found it "odd" that the Department of Transportation would use breakfast words like "pancakes" and "French toast" in official communications dealing with the recent commuter rail legislation. DOT Secretary Stephanie Kopelousos' No. 2, Kevin Thibault, said he used those words in e-mail subject lines to get the attention of Kopelousos, who is inundated with hundreds of messages daily.   

"I don't think it's necessary," Crist said. "I don't think it's problematic, but I think it's odd. If you're going to use e-mail, just say what you want to say." He ordered Inspector General Melinda Miguel to review those three e-mails Tuesday, as requested by CFO Alex Sink. "In an abundance of caution, I think it's prudent to go ahead and have the IG look at it," Crist said. "I got a letter from the CFO. I agree with her request."

Crist said the e-mail controversy would not delay his signing of the rail bill Wednesday in a high-profile, four-city/media market swing. "I don't think it has anything to do with the substance of the bill," Crist said, calling the rail legislation "one of the crown jewels of the year. Candidly, I do. I know it is."


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:10pm]


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