The other day, Ned Lamont, as the Democratic Nominee for U.S. Senate, criticized Senator Lieberman for his 1998 speech condemning Bill Clinton (video clip of Lieberman’s 1998 speech).
The NYTimes is reporting this as a turnabout on Lamont’s part. I urge readers to view the entirety of constituent Lamont’s e-mail to Lieberman, and ask themselves where the hell that article gets off characterizing constituent Lamont’s remarks as they did.
Constituent Lamont sent his Senator an e-mail message with the expectation that it would be kept confidential and only disclosed with his permission.
Sending Me E-Mail Or Personal Casework Information
My personal Web site is not set up to collect any personal information about you when you visit the site unless you choose to provide that information. My Web site has an online form that you can use to send me an electronic mail message expressing your views or concerns. To send me an e-mail, the online form asks you for your name, address, and e-mail address. I use this information, if you choose to provide it, to contact you about your issues of interest and/or to provide any casework assistance I can regarding problems you may be experiencing in dealing with a government agency. This information will be available to members of my staff so they can help me in responding to your message or request.
If you are requesting help with a casework matter, it also may be necessary for my office to share the information you provide with the government agency from which you are requesting assistance, in order to respond to your request. My office will not share any personal information communicated through my Web site with any outside organization or individual, except in the following situations: (1) when needed to perform constituent casework at your request; (2) in the course of an authorized law enforcement investigation or emergency posing an imminent risk to public safety; or (3) if you choose to participate in my interactive online E-Government comment page, and authorize me to publish your comment, your name, and the organization you represent.
It doesn’t seem right to me that an e-mail that I send to an elected official could be used against me or made public by that elected official should I choose to run for his seat at some point in the future.
It should unsettle all of us.