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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is e-mailing again

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott is e-mailing again.

But this time with a state account.

Scott declined a state e-mail address after he took office, saying he didn't want to create public records. But on Aug. 1, Scott activated a new account, public records show.

"Test," Scott wrote to Steve MacNamara, his chief of staff.

"Works," MacNamara wrote back.

Scott e-mailed during the two-month transition between Election Day and inauguration. But that account was deleted from a private computer server. Scott ordered the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate.

The Governor's Office maintained an e-mail address for Floridians to contact Scott, but not having his own e-mail "kind of slowed him down," MacNamara said.

Scott has said he e-mailed at all hours while he was running his chain of hospitals.

"As a manager, he said he'd like to communicate with people in the office," MacNamara said.

MacNamara said Scott often forwards messages to him and uses e-mail to "be kept in the loop."

Scott's initial corresponding with MacNamara show him in the normal course of business.

"This looks great," Scott wrote, when MacNamara suggested a "Let's Get to Work Day" at an Orlando school where three of Sen. John Thrasher's grandchildren attend.

Other records show Scott asked for an update on state vaccine programs, a briefing on the differences between so-called "loser pay" laws in Florida and Texas, and that a note of congratulations be sent to a new Ybor City internet company.

Michael C. Bender can be reached at mbender@sptimes.com.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is e-mailing again 10/05/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 9:54pm]

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