Shortly after his election, Gov. Scott dined with George W. Bush at home of major GOP donor

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Among the nuggets found within 700 pages of e-mails written by Susie Wiles, during Governor Rick Scott’s transition period is one that includes a schedule “that shows shortly after the election Scott had a private dinner with former President George W. Bush at the home of Gary Morse, developer of The Village, a mega-retirement community and a high concentration of active Republican voters.”

More from Michael Bender’s riveting report here.

Oh, don’t let me forget the part of Bender’s report that clearly indicates Harris Media is at the center of this controversy:

But records show that Rackspace, the Texas-based company that provided e-mail, notified the transition team as early as March 14 that no records existed from 44 of 47 accounts that had been closed, including Scott’s.

…Merino’s e-mail was to Luke Baker, a staffer with Harris Media, the online communications company that set up the Rackspace accounts. Baker had told the company: “If we do not recover them, then it is a potential violation of Florida state law.”

You think?

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