This is Mike Pence: Former governor of Indiana, Vice President of the United States, Chili’s patron and AOL user.
It’s that last bit that seems to have gotten him into trouble, as The Indianapolis Star reports that while serving the Hooiser State, Pence repeatedly used his personal AOL email account for official business.
And you better believe it was hacked. As recently as last summer, in fact.
Just what was Pence discussing via the two-decade-old webmail service? His passion for Chili’s Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas?
Nope. The matters at hand were just a tad more meaty, like the state’s response to global terror attacks.
News of Pence’s AOL habits came out following a public records request by the Star and demonstrates that the first-in-line to the presidency may not take digital security all that seriously. Which, well, is sort of confusing considering his administration’s professed concern for “the cyber” (we kid).
“Similar to previous governors, during his time as Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence maintained a state email account and a personal email account,” a Pence spokesperson told the Star. “As Governor, Mr. Pence fully complied with Indiana law regarding email use and retention.”
In other words, there’s nothing to see here — just like when Pence chows down on an order of Chili’s Fresh Guacamole. He scrapes that bowl clean, swallowing his digital-security incompetence bite by tasty bite.