Jeb Bush had another email account as governor

2015-03-25 15:01
Jeb Bush. (Jim Watson, AFP)

Jeb Bush. (Jim Watson, AFP)

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Washington - Jeb Bush used another, previously unreported email address when he was governor of Florida, records show, the newest wrinkle in an evolving debate over public officials' use of private email accounts.

The disclosure follows revelations that Hillary Rodham Clinton used a private email address to conduct State Department business when she was secretary of state. Republican Bush and Democrat Clinton are two likely contenders in the 2016 race for the White House.

When Bush released thousands of emails from his tenure as Florida's governor as part of his preparations to run for president next year, he did so from the email account he shared openly,

Those emails also include references to another email address, Bush said through a spokesperson that he was unaware of the account, although records showed that people wrote to him there more than 400 times between 1999 and 2004.

The same records show no replies from Bush coming from that address. Instead, when Bush responded, he did so from his more well-known email address. Writers sometimes also reached the governor at or

Bush's spokesperson, Kristy Campbell, said Bush had no knowledge of the other email account. "He doesn't know what that email address is," she told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

There's no indication this other account was used in any improper or secretive way.

But its existence, and the mystery around it show the potential complications when public officials, like Bush and Clinton, use private email accounts to conduct public business.

An AP review of Bush's emails spotlighted cases in which top donors sought to sway the governor on political appointments during his two terms in office.

The gencom address traces to ElectroNet Broadband Communications of Tallahassee, Florida's capital. The company did not immediately respond to a phone message Tuesday from the AP with questions about the Bush email address.

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 labour and literacy issues.

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