Rick Scott's Staff Avoid Sunshine Law
It is public knowledge that Gov. Rick Scott does not use email. Sen. Bill Nelson discovered that Scott's political adviser Mary Anne Carter doesn't use her state government email.
"I rarely check and almost never respond to work e-mail because of the open record law," Carter wrote from her private e-mail account.
Nelson was shocked to receive this email.
Government officials using private email accounts was a trick used by Karl Rove during the U.S. Attorney scandal. The Bush administration used a non-government server to fire U.S. Attorneys not going after Democrats or prosecuting immigration caees that didn't exist. All the U.S. Attorneys were given good performance reviews before they were fired. The firings happened because Rove felt these U.S. Attoneys weren't furthering the Bush administration's political agenda.
The blog Talking Points Memo started investigating the U.S. Attorney scandal. Congress started holding hearings. 22 million emails on the server were deleted.
Scott has given an embarrassing deposition and had his health care companies investigated for criminal wrongdoing. Scott's former company Columbia/HCA was fined 1.7 billion for stealing money from Medicare. Scott was never charged but was forced to step down. Needless to say, there is a reason Scott doesn't want public records.
Money quote from Brian Burgess.
"Are there things we don't want to you to know? Yes," Burgess said. "There are things we don't want to broadcast to our opponents."
Sadly, Team Scott considers their opponents the people of Florida.