As the Ronald Tomalis scandal unfolded, acting Department of Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq admitted to cleansing emails on a nightly basis, and that’s probably extremely illegal.
Now the conservative leaning Pittsburgh Tribune is calling the Corbett administration out on that admission. They wrote:
First, there are the meetings with political operatives in the governor’s office. While the administration insists there’s nothing inappropriate about a practice that’s clearly inappropriate, campaign spokesman Mike Barley went a stupid step too far when he insisted no state tax money was involved. Who pays for that office again?
Now comes word from Acting state Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq that there’s been a daily “delete and cleanse” email operation going on. That’s not merely inappropriate, it’s probably illegal.
Worse, the revelation comes in the midst of criticism that former Secretary Ron Tomalis, retained at the same salary as an adviser to Mr. Corbett on higher education, is nothing more than a ghost employee. State records suggest quite limited email activity for Mr. Tomalis over the last year. Whether such correspondence was that limited or was cleansed remains the question. But neither explanation is very flattering.