Friday, April 29, 2011

Susan Combs is sorry.

Very, VERY sorry.

Taking "full responsibility" for the inadvertent online exposure of the personal information of 3.5 million Texans, Comptroller Susan Combs on Thursday said her agency would pay for free credit monitoring and Internet surveillance to those affected, and her campaign fund would provide identity restoration services for anyone whose personal information is misused.

"I am deeply sorry this incident occurred and I take full responsibility for it," Combs said. "This incident has affected the lives of Texans that I have dedicated my life to serving and I am determined to restore their faith in the Comptroller's Office."

While her office's initial explanation for the incident blamed three other state agencies for failing to send encrypted filed, on Thursday, Combs called the finger-pointing "irrelevant."

"We had the last clear chance to make it right and we didn't," she said.

The comments at the link are running pretty much against her apology.

She also defended her office's hiring of two campaign contributors as consultants to review her office's Internet security, saying state procurement policies limited her choice of technology firms who could immediately begin work on the project.

Because "speed was important," she said she hired Deloitte Consulting and Gartner, Inc., rather than going through the competitive bidding process, because those firms already had contracts with the state.

She declined to comment on a court filing this week in Austin by attorneys who are seeking to take her deposition to get to the bottom of what they called the "most massive and far-reaching invasion of privacy in the history of Texas."

Those lawyers called on Combs to resign, saying she should take responsibility for her office's role in the incident.

Apparently she's going to try to ride the storm out. Good luck with that, Susan. In the meantime the millions of Texans affected by your criminal negligence can take advantage of that discount credit monitoring service, graciously paid for by your political campaign.

Combs had her sights set on moving up from comptroller to something bigger and better someday, just like Todd Staples and Greg Abbott and David Dewhurst and all the other ladies-in-waiting behind Governor Suckseed. There will now be a little less competition in the shark tank.

And I'm certain the pup sharks in the RPT are already sharpening their teeth in anticipation.

1 comment:

Dr. J said...

Stupid is as stupid does...