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More Rick Scott e-mails surface, shed little light on transition

TALLAHASSEE — The Governor's Office released 87 pages of public records Friday showing e-mails Gov. Rick Scott sent and received in the final days of his transition into office that have yet to be made public.

The documents, which the Governor's Office has had for nearly six months, include about 65 new e-mails beyond what the Times/Herald received in August, when Scott and his team acknowledged transition e-mails were deleted in a possible violation of state public record law.

It's unclear why Scott's office did not release the records, which were gathered from his BlackBerry, earlier.

The BlackBerry pages were hand-delivered on April 29 to Scott's office after Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigators downloaded the information from Scott's phone, according to an e-mail obtained by the Florida First Amendment Foundation.

The BlackBerry pages shed little light on the nascent days of Scott's administration. The pages show messages were sent and received, but the information is incomplete. In some instances, it's unclear if Scott was the recipient or sender.

The Governor's Office also redacted information from 74 e-mails they said were "not state business," including at least 24 from top-level staff on his transition. Many of those e-mails were about Republican Party business or involved his family, according to Scott's office.

The BlackBerry pages show e-mails regarding high-speed rail. Scott was also given data slides and a "messaging chart" produced from a survey that has not been made public.

Scott's e-mails and those from nearly his entire transition team were deleted after a contract ended with private company that operated the accounts. Scott's team was aware the e-mails were missing as early as March. Scott ordered FDLE to investigate why the e-mails were deleted and if any could be recovered after a Times/Herald report in August.

More Rick Scott e-mails surface, shed little light on transition 10/14/11 [Last modified: Friday, October 14, 2011 8:12pm]
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