Jeb Bush wants you to know that he really enjoys sending email.
The former two-term Florida governor and likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate published a vast trove of his personal emails Tuesday in an effort to burnish his image as a thoughtful wonk.
The nearly 300,000 emails reveal his correspondence between Bush’s firstname.lastname@example.org email address, and his constituents, staff and other government officials. Bush was a prolific emailer and plans to release the emails as part of an e-book, he said on his website.
The release of emails could be a privacy issue for some people whose email addresses were published. The emails include the names and personal email addresses of many Florida and other constituents, and one woman whose emails were posted complained to the Daily Dot that she was embarrassed by some of the emails.
“I have never [given authorization] to publish the emails, but then [they] never said they were confidential or proprietary property of the Governor’s office. They were just emails,” she said.
In his e-book introduction, Bush writes that it was his personal email address that earned him the nickname “The eGovernor.” Bush says his staff estimated he spent 30 hours a week answering emails. “There were never enough hours in the day,” Bush writes.
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