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Interesting article in my local newspaper: "The Morning Call" about sending
email to the wrong party. It really can be quite dangerous and you need to
check and recheck email addresses. -chris
This article is © The Morning Call Newspaper Company
Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2000
Memo:Text of E-mail, attached to end of story.
WRONG TURN LANDED E-MAIL RIGHT ON CALL REPORTER'S DESK 'JUST BAD LUCK,' SAYS
CONSULTANT WHO FUMBLED WHAT ONE CALLS A SMOKING E-GUN.
by MARIO F. CATTABIANI, The Morning Call
Don Wooley knew something wasn't quite right when he opened the e-mail.
The retired pawnbroker from Lawton, Okla., didn't know the sender -- or
anyone in Pennsylvania for that matter.
He couldn't follow exactly what was being discussed. It dealt with politics
-- a hobby of his -- and spin control in a state 1,300 miles away. That much
was for sure. And it looked confidential, too. That intrigued him. So he set
out to make sense of it all.
His first stop was the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C.,
He's donated money to the RNC before and, besides, he had a toll-free number.
An operator there put him in touch with party officials in the Keystone
State, who in turn directed Wooley to The Morning Call.
"I have something that might interest you," Wooley told a Call reporter.
Wooley, who considers "liberalism at the root of the country's ills," decided
to invest the time on the e-mail because "it looked like it might be some
kind of a cover-up that could help our side."
Still, Wooley, 54, was at a loss to explain how he wound up with the e-mail
in the first place. Perhaps his name was wrongly stuck on some large e-mail
forwarding list. Or maybe a server misfired somewhere along the line, he
The answer is far less technical and offers a lesson for the computer age:
When you're sending e-mail, check -- and double-check -- the address.
Ken Snyder didn't.
The media consultant sent the memo to his boss, state Sen. Vincent Fumo, who
added a few thoughts and returned it. Snyder thought he was forwarding the
combined memo and reply to Howard Cain, another of the senator's consultants.
But Snyder mistakenly inverted two letters in Cain's America Online address,
sending the document to Wooley instead.
"Just bad luck," Snyder said.
Text of E-mail
Editor's note: Here is the e-mail as written with the addresses omitted.
Subj: Re: Lisa Boscola
Date: 4/16/00 9:07:23 PM Central Daylight Time
From: (Senator Vincent J. Fumo)
To: (Ken Snyder )
I agree with everything that you said but getting her to do it according to
the script is going to be difficult because she is a loose cannon. But we'll
see. We have about $500,000 invested in her and I would hate to see her loose
an election. However, she will probably listen now because she is scared. But
when the heat is off she may go back to her old ways! Thanks!
At 09:17 PM 4/16/2000 EDT, you (Snyder ) wrote:
I had a long conversation with Lisa. I recommended that she not be defensive,
and that people won't remember what the charges against her were as much as
they will remember how she handled them and how she responded. I counceled
that she be calm, poised and collected -- to look like a strong leader -- NO
I told her to say: "These stories are embarassing to me and my family -- and
they come first. That is why I find this sort of sensationlist reporting so
regrettable. But I am not going to coment on the merits of what I consider
gratuitous charges -- and I ask to only be judged as other legislators are
judged: on the basis of my record -- A record of which I am very proud."
If she gets asked if her personal behaviour is part of the record: "I try to
comport myself in an honorable way. If I've unintentionally offended any one
I am deeply sorry. But I am very serious about my work and that is reflected
in the success I've enjoyed working on behalf of the district and people I
represent. The only behaviour of mine that should be noted is how deadly
serious I am each day when I walk on to the floor of the Pennsylvania State
Senate -- to do my district's bidding."
I recommended that if she gets a high volume of inquries tomorrow that she
make herself very available and stay on message. She may want to reach out to
Ch. 69 the big tv station up there and offer a one-on-one interview with the
anchor in her home on the couch -- so people can see that she is cool and
normal (though I did advice that she hide the Dean Martin records). Also, she
was endorsed by the Morning Call -- she should call them and offer to meet
with them (I suspect they'll editorialize anyway) -- I told her to set up a
meeting later in the week when things calm down -- also delaying the
I do not think suing is the way to go -- She's a State Senator and this is
politics not a tea party -- I have to believe that the people of her district
are not litigeous people and would not appreciate some big shot Philadelphia
lawyer (much less Vince Fumo's lawyer) going after the newspaper. I think she
ought to take it like a man and move on.
Finally, I warned her that the margin of error on her conduct from this point
foward is zero -- if she screws around and get's found out -- nobody will
give her the benefit of the doubt and it will make you and the leadership
look bad for defending her now.
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