Henry Hill: “Paulie hated phones. He wouldn’t have one in his house. He used to get all his calls second hand, then you’d have to call the people back from an outside phone. There were guys, that’s all they did all day long was take care of Paulie’s phone call.”
Switch out Steve MacNamara for Paulie and insert email where it reads telephones and you have the basis for this interview I gave to WUSF about Sunburst, Governor Scott’s new open government program.
“It almost reminds me of the scene from Goodfellas where the mob boss says he doesn’t take any phone calls,” he said.
“I’m not saying the governor’s office is doing anything illicit here. But its interesting they’ve taken a page from some mafiasos in the movies.”
Schorsch says Scott’s staff communicate via text messages and the old-fashioned face-to-face meetings instead.
He also says the e-mail transparency is having a chilling effect on reporters, who are less likely to e-mail the governor or his staff for fear of alerting their competition about their stories.