I thought this was a pretty good story from the Clarion Ledger about George Dale’s defeat in the Mississippi primary last week. Dale seems like a classy guy, it’s too bad he had to go out this way. An excerpt from the story:
The commissioner has little power and walks a fine line in seeking to balance consumer interests with maintaining a viable insurance market. While politicians can promise low rates and rail against "Big Insurance," they cannot force companies to do business in the state, which ultimately is the only way to create competition and lower rates.
Insurance commissioners don’t fare well after major storms. Longtime Mississippi commissioner Walter Dale Davis quit in 1971 after going through Camille as did the commissioner after the hurricane of 1947. After Katrina, Louisiana commissioner Robert Wooley quit after receiving threats and having his car vandalized.
Dale had not planned to run.
"I was going to retire and do other things. Then the storm hit," he said. "I thought I had an obligation to be of service."
Dale said he thought he could overcome it, but was wrong. "There is no easy way to handle a storm."