In the spirit of transparency with a possible 2016 presidential run on the horizon, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush released Tuesday morning all the emails he received during his eight years in office — 1999-2007.
Although most were pretty mundane, some contained private information, including personal phone numbers, physical addresses and, in at least one instance, a Social Security number. In all cases, the senders’ names and email addresses were left un-redacted.
A lot of folks took to social media and were horrified by the news, including these:
@Gizmodo Let it be a lesson for all. — Robina Sood (@RobinaSood) February 10, 2015
I hope he gets what he deserves:a tsunami of lawsuits! “@Gizmodo: Jeb Bush basically just doxxed 1000s of Floridians http://t.co/OUueYNOtHG” — AirplaneTek (@AirplaneTek) February 10, 2015
@crooksandliars @JenD1974 He hasn’t run a campaign in a decade. @JebBush is beyond rusty. — Barbie Williams (@Barbie892) February 10, 2015
But not all comments were critical. As Newsweek reported, “the most recent emails are more than seven years old, so many of the addresses and phone numbers may have changed.”
And then there’s the issue of Florida’s “Sunshine law,” as some Twitter users noted:
@Gizmodo sunshine act, they know when they write to him their details aren’t confidential. This is a non starter
— Android Filmmaking (@droidfilmmaking) February 10, 2015
@PostReid not only could have, multiple outlets as well as us already had them & posted all online weeks ago — evale72 (@evale72) February 10, 2015
@comebackzack @BAMAPERRY @JebBush @Gizmodo Do they need a dictionary??!! — Cyndi (@martincynthia) February 10, 2015
Although names, phone numbers and addresses are fairly innocuous, Social Security numbers are not. BuzzFeed News uncovered one of the emails which it described as:
In one public email, which has been redacted by BuzzFeed News, a man serving in the Navy makes an appeal to Bush to have his mother pardoned or her record expunged. The email contains his mother’s name and Social Security number.
In another move toward transparency, Bush allowed members of the press to observe and tweet at what would normally be a closed fundraiser on Tuesday. Reporters were surprised and delighted and couldn’t help but make comparisons to Democratic politicians:
At Tallahassee fundraiserQ & A, Jeb reminds crowd that “we have press here…I need to remind myself.” — Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) February 10, 2015
Another sign of Jeb Bush transparency push? Reporters allowed in today to cover his remarks, and Q and A, at super PAC fundraiser. — Matt Viser (@mviser) February 10, 2015
In a very rare move, @JebBush team allowed press into his super PAC fundraiser for his remarks and the q&a. Obama doesn’t do that. — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) February 10, 2015
That press is allowed into/live tweeting from @JebBush fundraiser, must be a shock to media that gets escorted to wee-wee at Clinton events. — Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) February 10, 2015
BizPac Review emailed Bush’s political action committee, American Bridge 21st Century, requesting a response from either the former governor or the PAC. As of the time of publication, it has yet to receive an answer.
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