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News Wednesday, Mar 25 2015

GOPers stepping in e-mail problems

Mar 25, 2015

Republicans have been quick to score political points after recent e-mail controversies, but even more GOPers are now being called out for their own transparency issues. Chris Christie,Terry Branstad, Ted Cruz, and Jeb Bush are the latest Republican pots to call the kettle black.

Check out the recent dust-ups over Republican email hypocrisies:

WNYC: “One year ago this week, a taxpayer-funded report traced the George Washington Bridge lane closures to Gov. Chris Christie’s office and determined that a series of reforms were needed to make sure nothing like Bridgegate ever happened again….

But a year later, state employees still use personal email accounts for government business, according to emails viewed by WNYC. Christie hasn’t followed through on his pledge to implement either of the Mastro Report’s two recommendations in this area: He has neither strengthened the state’s official email policy nor adopted a rule within the governor’s office mandating that all work-related emails sent to personal accounts be forwarded back to government addresses.”

The Des Moines Register: “Governor Terry Branstad has consistently said the reason he has been absent from tens of thousands of e-mail communications provided to the public in recent record requests is he doesn’t have a state email account and doesn’t send or receive e-mail. But his deposition in a recent court case shows he still receives electronic communications via special app on his phone.”

Texas Tribune: “Cruz was critical of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email during her Cabinet tenure, a position he has taken in previous public statements. He indicated that he does not have an official government email address, but argued it was an apples-to-oranges comparison to Clinton because of the political nature of serving in the Senate.”I use my personal email, but the difference is, members of Congress are not required to use government email … and there’s a reason for the distinction that is not artificial, which is they’re elected political officials.”

Associated Press: “As Florida governor, Jeb Bush used another, previously unreported email address, records show – the newest wrinkle in an evolving debate over public officials’ use of private email accounts…

The majority of emails sent to Bush at that address came in 1999, and a slow trickle followed in ensuing years. Just one came in 2004, from a South Florida businessman who wrote to Bush at both addresses about a university board meeting. Several writers used both email addresses when contacting Bush.

Others reached Bush simply through the gencom account – writing to him on a range of issues from judicial appointments to the federal raid that captured the Cuban child Elian Gonzalez to state labor and literacy issues.”

Politico: Hillary Clinton email flap creates awkward GOP silence

MSNBC: Hypocrisy over Hillary? GOPers have email problems of their own

Wall Street Journal: Hillary Clinton’s Potential GOP Rivals Used Personal Email Accounts

Newsmax: GOP Hopefuls Had Own Brushes with Controversy Over Emails

Washington Post: As governor, Jeb Bush used e-mail to discuss security, troop deployments

MSNBC: Jeb Bush owns his own email server

The Hill: Dem group slams Jeb for ‘hypocrisy’ on emails

Bloomberg News: Jeb Bush Is Facing E-Mail Questions, Too

Hot Air: Does Jeb have an e-mail scandal too?

New York Times: Jeb Bush, a Clinton Critic, Took Time Releasing His Own Emails

Texas Tribune: Et tu, Rick? Perry Has Own Private Email Trail

The Daily Beast: It’s Not Just Hillary: Scott Walker’s Email Controversy

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walker hits Clinton on private email — like one he used as county exec

Associated Press: Top Jindal aides use personal email to strategize

Published: Mar 25, 2015

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