Here's a trivia question: What do you call a governor who instructs his IT department
to automatically purge every single email from every single staffer after seven days?
Houston attorney Joe Larsen, who represents the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, said he believes Perry’s office is violating state law by automatically purging all staff members’ computers of emails older than seven days. Perry’s office has said it prints and saves documents subject to open-records laws and government document retention schedules. Larsen said he believes vital records are lost by the automatic purge policy and notes that state law requires records be saved in an electronic, searchable form.
“There is a huge cache of information regarding Perry’s time as governor of Texas that is gone or virtually inaccessible – information in which the citizens of the entire country now have vital interest given his candidacy for president,” Larsen said. “For those who believe limited government is a basic conservative value, this pattern of shielding his office from public scrutiny should give pause.”
Answer: A governor that's hiding something.