Governor Blunt has called for a system to be created to automatically and permanently retain government e-mails, even as a spokesman for the office dismisses an Attorney General investigation as political.
Blunt has ordered the Office of Administration to devise a system to automatically and permanently retain state government e-mails. Spokesman Jessica Robinson says the governor’s directive goes well beyond current law. Robinson insists the governor’s action isn’t a result of criticism that personnel in the governor’s office have routinely eliminated e-mails in violation of the Sunshine Law. Robinson says the governor’s office has followed the law and that the directive is aimed at eliminating confusion in state government.
Critics of the Blunt Administration aren’t convinced the governor’s office has followed the law. They charge that the governor’s office and the Office of Administration aren’t in full compliance with the Sunshine Law. They have the ear of the Attorney General who has appointed a special team to investigate.
Robinson is suspicious of the Attorney General’s motives. She says there isn’t any reason to believe that Jay Nixon would appoint an independent committee. Nixon is the leading Democrat for governor; the top challenger to Governor Blunt’s re-election.