Rep. Jeff Harris said accusations by Gov. Matt Blunt's administration that he has not complied with their Sunshine request for e-mails from his office going back five years are untrue.
Speaking to reporters during a campaign swing through Springfield Thursday morning, Harris offered specific details on exactly how he responded to the open-records request filed by Gov. Blunt's office back in May.
Harris said that after a back and forth with the Governor's office about what documents they were seeking, Blunt Chief of Staff Trish Vincent asked for all correspondence on February 20, 2008. The request involved about 275 pages.
Harris said Vincent wrote him a personal check to pay for the copies and labor to produce the correspondence -- which he said he could not accept. "I can't accept a check to the Office of Jeff Harris . . . It's got to go through the clerk, there's a process," Harris explained.
When asked by Springfield News-Leader reporter Chad Livengood whether it surprised him whether a Governor's Chief of Staff didn't understand the rules of the General Assembly, Harris replied, "Not this administration."
Harris is running for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General.