Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Blunt Keeps Emails Secret
Matt Blunt sure likes to attack the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan for its secrecy.
Well, Blunt sure doesn't want to reveal his secret emails. As you will recall, there is a hub-bub about Blunt's administration not giving up their emails. Blunt won't give up emails regarding his chief of staff working with anti-abortion groups. The Post-Dispatch asked him about emails and Blunt said, "Once requested (under the Sunshine Law), and if they exist, they're definitely a public record." Attorney General Jay Nixon's position is 180 degrees opposite: "This is public business, these are public records, this is what we do."
You might also recall the stir about Mr. Torres writing to Matt Blunt regarding the racist comments by Chief of Staff Ed Martin. I made a Sunshine request for the letter and any related emails or correspondence. So, according to Blunt, then those emails are a public record. I got a letter back from Scott Eckersley, Deputy General Counsel for Blunt. "Our office is working to locate and identify records retained by this office that may be responsive to your request."
I'll keep you posted.