ETHICS FAIL: Rick Scott declined a state email address in an effort to avoid Florida’s public records laws and then subsequently used private email accounts that were “mistakenly” deleted from 3 different servers or devices.

Scott Declined A State E-Mail Address After He Took Office, Saying He Didn't Want To Create Public Records. “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. … Scott e-mailed during the two-month transition between Election Day and inauguration. But that account was deleted from a private computer server.” [Herald/Times, 10/5/11]

For The Third Time, Scott’s Office Admitted That E-Mails Open To The Public Were Deleted – Watchdogs Said It’s Become “A Pattern.” “E-mails on Gov. Rick Scott’s BlackBerry may have been lost in another technology mix-up inside his office. Scott and his staff have acknowledged that his account and at least 37 others from his two-month transition — a crucial stretch after Election Day when key hires are made and a first-year policy agenda is shaped — were lost when a contract ended with a private company that stored the e-mail data. Scott also lost about 50 e-mails from his iPad when a staffer inside his office updated software for the device. Now it’s a BlackBerry. ‘It’s becoming quite a pattern,’ said Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Margate, chair of the Senate Government Oversight and Accountability Committee. ‘The first question the public is going to ask is what’s being hidden. That is a very legitimate question to ask.’” [Herald/Times, 10/5/11]