Friday, January 27, 2012
AZ Gov. Letter to President--Not a Public Record?
Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, wrote a handwritten letter to President Obama on her gubernatorial letterhead. Apparently the letter is "feisty" (we don't care about the politics of the letter).
The USA Today story says:
"When The Arizona Republic requested a copy, Brewer's spokesman, Matthew Benson, said no copies existed and the letter was 'personal, handwritten' correspondence not subject to open-records laws."
To the credit of Gov. Brewer's staff, they released a copy when they found out a copy had been made.
Oh, come on. A governor in a political dispute with the President doesn't make a copy of a letter she gives the President? Really? No one made a copy? It seems that Gov. Brewer's staff "found" the copy only when people found it about the letter.
We run into this often where an agency claims it doesn't possess a record that common sense would indicate it would possess.
Hat tip to KMac for this story.
When The Arizona Republic requested a copy, Brewer's spokesman, Matthew Benson, said no copies existed and the letter was "personal, handwritten" correspondence not subject to open-records laws.