The state Department of Corrections has begun pushing back, ever so slightly, on the governor's office in the flap over the TV contract with the MSNBC series "Lockup." Scott's aides ordered Corrections Secretary Ed Buss to nix the cable deal, saying the governor's was unaware of it and didn't approve the cable outlet filming episodes at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in Milton.
But the prison front office tells The Buzz that five aides to Gov. Rick Scott were made aware of the contract in April, in a routine summary of recent agency accomplishments. The aides (in April) were deputy chiefs of staff Doug Darling, Carrie O'Rourke and Jenn Ungru, former press secretary Brian Hughes and director of executive staff Diane Moulton.
See the full accomplishments summary below and look for the fifth item, headlined "Lockup Santa Rosa Correctional Institution."
-- Steve Bousquet