Them’s fightin’ words, by Bob Hartwig, insurance industry spokesman, about Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. Here’s the story, from National Underwriter. And here’s the Hartwig quote:
“The governor’s feistiness seems to have morphed into an unwarranted cockiness that he will soon regret,” he said.
While the governor is bashing insurance companies, Mr. Hartwig said, “Mother Nature is prepared to deliver a financial comeuppance to the state.”
The story talks of Crist’s 73 percent approval rating, which is due in large measure to his populist rhetoric and insurer bashing. Of couse, if Florida is hit by a large hurricane this year and taxpayers and policyholders have to start bailing out the actuarially unsound state insurance company that has taken on even more risk, his approval rating will register somwhere around 0.0.