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Mystery PSC caller has AG's office guessing



Write this one down as bizarro PSC development number 56: A woman calls the attorney general's communications office and asks if the public is welcome at the meeting of Bill McCollum's Sunshine Technology Team briefing today. The meeting will focus on how to make sure that state officials comply with public records laws in the era of BlackBerry PINs and instant messaging, to avoid troubles like the ones the Public Service Commission has faced.

The AG's office tells the caller: "Sure. But it's a small room, we want to make sure we have enough chairs.'' The woman refuses to identify herself or if anyone will be with her. She says only that she's just a public citizen.

"From what we could tell the number appears to be from the PSC's main line,'' said Sandi Copes, communication director for McCollum. The meeting and its details have been posted on the attorney general's Web site, Copes said. "There would be no reason to gain access under false pretenses.''

PSC spokesperson Cindy Muir said it wasn't her office. "I don't know who it was. We're not going.''


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:22pm]


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