about how Gov. Phil Bredesen's office wouldn't turn over so-called “personal” emails to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research (TCPR) after they posed a series of irritating questions about the ongoing restoration of the Executive Residence. The libertarian think tank understandably frets that Bredesen's flacks are labeling controversial emails as “personal” so that they won't ever become fodder for the governor's detractors.
What makes Bredesen's position all the more bizarre—in addition to the fact that it flies in the face of the state's open records' law—is that his office has no problem turning over emails that certainly seem personal. That just fuels suspicion that the governor's people are just slapping the “personal” tag on whatever it is they want to hide and not on correspondence that was meant to be private.
TCPR had asked for a screen shot of the inbox of Judy Folk, who works for first lady Andrea Conte, also known as the "FL," who has spearheaded work on the Bredesen Bunker and has clearly been annoyed
by its detractors. Anyhow, after the jump we have a partial list of of emails from Folk's computer that the governor's office had no problem sharing with the think tank. These are just the subject lines:
Our new friends at the Tennessee Republican Party have issued a statement
about Bredesen's issues with electronic correspondence.
“Hi Kenny, Is Karla Diehl your sister in law.”
“I have a new cellphone number.”
“For Miss Andrea's scrapbook.”
“Aww, you gotta see the baby.”
“All About Women.”
“I need to eat pretty soon. I'm not sure how long it will take me to get to this place.”
“I went to see Betts Ramsey last week. It was very fun!”
“Yesterday was fun. Thanks so much for the wonderful sweets.”
“Carol, I never wrote Dave Brown a thank you note. Do you have his phone number?”
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