Rick Scott Admits to Being Shady or Just an Old Guy Who Doesn't Understand How Email Works
Rick Scott has a Gmail account. He also has his official state email account.
He swore he'd just used the personal Gmail account for private, family matters, telling the press back in August that "if anybody sends me an email to my private account, I do the right thing." Meaning he claims he forwarded all emails about state matters to his state e-mail account.
Well, whoops, after an internal review of his email habits, his office has admitted that wasn't always the case.
Florida law doesn't prevent politicians from having personal email accounts, but it's against the law for the governor to not publicly release any email having to do with state business from any account if asked.
So three months ago the Associated Press asked for any such emails from Scott's Gmail.
His office conducted a review and found some 2011, 2012, and a few from 2013.
Many of the emails turned over on Tuesday include exchanges between Scott and his former chief of staff Stephen MacNamara. Some are also from his press aides as well as other top officials who worked for Scott.
One set of emails concerns legislation dealing with Florida's university system, including an unsuccessful effort by MacNamara to convince Scott to sign a bill that would have let the University of Florida and Florida State University raise tuition above caps set in state law. MacNamara in the same email urged Scott to veto legislation that created Florida Polytechnic University.
Scott now says he has closed that particular private email account and replaced it with another that only his family knows about.