News that Hillary Clinton used a private email account during her time as Secretary of State draws contrasts and similarities to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and current Gov. Rick Scott, both of whom have drawn criticism for using private email.
Bush, a leading Republican contender for president, quickly jumped on the news against an expected rival, whom critics have long cast as secretive.
“Transparency matters,” Bush wrote Monday night on Twitter. “Unclassified @HillaryClinton emails should be released. You can see mine, here. jebbushemails.com”
Earlier this year Bush released several hundred thousand emails covering his eight years as governor, a massive archive that gave insight into his handling of sensitive issues such as the Terri Schiavo saga and into his assertive leadership style.
The records were already available but Bush, putting them in an easy-to-read format, touted his commitment to transparency.
But the public cannot see everything.
Bush, who used a private Jeb@jeb.org account, removed from the record those emails related to politics, fundraising and family matters.
“He’s being a bit disingenuous because he decided what we saw and didn’t see,” said Barbara A. Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, a group that is supported by news organizations, including the Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald.