(CNN)Jeb Bush, in an effort to portray himself as a transparent and accessible leader, released a hoard of emails early Tuesday morning, along with the first chapter of his e-book.
Jeb Bush releasing emails, e-book chapter
Bush posted online about 275,000 emails from his time as Florida's governor spanning from 1999 to 2007.
The emails had already been obtained, analyzed and published by media outlets, including CNN, and Democratic opposition research group American Bridge. But Bush's decision to make them available himself is an attempt to get ahead of critics and opponents who'll try to define Bush in their own way as he prepares for a potential presidential bid.
A fresh look at the emails revealed that Bush was not only a prolific email user, but also anxious to get a new state "web page site" built. He was constantly bugging his top staff about the website, according to the email trove.
Bush also made it clear in emails that he really hated a proposal to build a high-speed railway throughout Florida.
After Bush shut reporters out of a meeting with legislative leaders, Bush's predecessor, Democrat Buddy MacKay, emailed Bush to reassure him that Florida's open access laws are complicated.
But Bush also emailed with reports and in an exchange with a Palm Beach Post reporter toward the end of his term, Bush explained that one of the toughest parts of being governor is disappointing supporters who expected government jobs.
The first chapter of the e-book is written in first person and details the kind of governor he was, Bush announced on a conference call with former staff and campaign aides this morning. The Tampa Bay Times first reported the call.
Such public documents give reporters and voters a window into the leadership style and personality of public officials. A big takeaway from the emails when they were first published in December was that Bush was a prolific emailer and Blackberry user, and corresponded with hundreds of constituents and even job applicants. One email exchange showed Bush writing to a constituent after 11 p.m. about a raccoon in their tree.
Bush last month launched two political committees, both under the name "Right to Rise," that allow him to hit the fundraising trail and court donors as he lays the groundwork for a possible White House bid.
He held his first public speech this year when he spoke last week at the Detroit Economic Club, attempting to deliver a message of hope and opportunity for the middle class while also drawing a subtle contrast to 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney.