Gov. Rick Scott's original transition e-mails were accidentally deleted, state now says
The e-mail accounts of Rick Scott and most of the governor-elect's transition team were deleted soon after he took office, potentially erasing public records that state law requires be kept.
Scott's team acknowledged for the first time this week that the private company providing e-mail service deleted the records as early as mid January, about the time the Times/Herald first sought transition e-mails.
Unable to gather records from the server, as is typical to comply with public records requests, Scott officials attempted to recover the governor-elect's e-mails from personal accounts of his top-level staff.
But without access to the server, it's impossible to know how many e-mails from Scott or his staff were lost between Election Day and the inauguration celebration, a two-month stretch when the team made key hiring moves and shaped the new administration's agenda. (Story here.)