Why Did Jeb Bush Just Post The Personal Details Of Thousands Of Florida Residents Online?

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Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush just posted hundreds of thousands of emails sent to him during his time as governor of Florida, but inadvertently supplied email and home addresses as well as the social security numbers of many Florida residents.

While the whole idea was for Bush to promote his own “transparency” when it came to sending out the emails, unfortunately, discretion seems not to be one of Bush’s positive traits, as the publication of the emails included some very sensitive information.

The note on Jeb Bush’s website seemed straightforward enough, as he wrote, “In the spirit of transparency, I am posting the emails of my governorship here. Some are funny; some are serious; some I wrote in frustration.”

However, unfortunately “some” also share personal information such as the email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers, and social security numbers of Florida residents.

The Verge, which reported the story today, reviewed many of the emails released by Bush, and found a wide variety of communications, including some highly sensitive or personal content.

For example, an excerpt from one of the more sensitive emails read as follows.

“This is just a sharing…today..i feel beaten down…… want to help many and hope I can get there some day….through my empowerment it will be a testament to my message and the ability to share my future resources…its a lonely road…so many seem actively against you…your back is to the wall…you have many another two months of business survival… P.S. this is just sharing with a friend… please no action or follow-up or any communications or assistance sought of nay kind…its my struggle to work through and find a way…just feeling ‘beaten’ today…at 37 I feel like 60 today :)…..and tomorrow will be better. [sic]”

Some other emails reportedly included personal appeals from Florida residents with medical or employment issues and some of these people included their social security numbers in the correspondence.

It seems that Jeb Bush will now have to work hard to persuade voters that he is a trustworthy candidate, and capable of fulfilling the functions of the President of the United States.