PROMISES, PROMISES: Candidates shield records

By STEPHEN BRAUN | November 30, 2011 | 2:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former aide who supervised the archiving of records from Mitt Romney's stint as Massachusetts governor says Romney's State House office was almost completely off limits when officials transferred documents to the Massachusetts state archives in late 2006.

Romney said recently he authorized the purging of emails and other electronic records because of concerns that the files might contain confidential information. The former aide, John O'Keefe, said only public schedules and a limited amount of other paper documents from Romney's executive office went to the archives.

Romney officials cite a Massachusetts court ruling in claiming that the governor's files are private.

Romney is among leading presidential candidates — including President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry — who tout transparency but have been selective in providing public records.