Birds of a feather flock together.
Tom Perez, the Secretary of Labor, former governor of Iowa is considered to be on the short list of Hillary Clinton running mates. In 2004, he was caught up in an scandal that resulted in emails being “inadvertently” destroyed. He used a personal email account to leak information to The New York Times and Planned Parenthood while he worked at the Department of Justice’s office for civil rights.
According to the Daily Caller Vilsack’s response to the controversy, rather ironically, mirrored Clinton’s response to her own email scandal: he basically said he was old and didn’t know how to use email.
“I’m 52 years old, and I don’t know much about technology,” Vilsack said at the time, according to The National Review. “I don’t even know how to send a response to an e-mail, that’s how technologically deficient I am.”
Vilsack was also found to have been using a non-public email account while working for the Obama administration.
Vilsack used the non-public email “[email protected]” to communicate with former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson — Jackson was also using a secret email account under the alias “Richard Windsor.” The Daily Caller News Foundation obtained the email chain in 2013.
The standard email layout for a U.S. Department of Agriculture account is: [email protected] based on other agency emails seen by TheDCNF.
A 2009 email exchange between Jackson’s alias account and Vilsack’s non-public email is almost completely redacted, but the subject line reads: “Daily Climate Change Talking Points–COP 15.”
Previously FOIAed emails from the Environmental Protection Agency show that Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack used a secret, nonpublic email account to communicate with the secret email account of former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson which used the fake name Richard Windsor.
Now, Vilsack is reportedly one of two top contenders to run alongside Clinton in the 2016 election against real estate mogul Donald Trump and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is also being considered for vice president, according to media reports.