Davis on Crist new take on Insurance bill by Mitch E. Perry

10/26/06

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis and other Democrats slammed Charlie Crist today for comments he’s made in the past 2 days, critical of the Property Insurance bill passed by the Republican dominated legislature in Tallahassee 5 months ago.

Yesterday the Attorney General said that he ‘probably’ would have vetoed that bill if he was already governor. The main provisions of the bill provided for over a $700 million bailout to Citizens Insurer, the state run insurer of last resort, and allocated $250 million for homeowners to upgrade their properties.

But in a conference call set up by the Davis team, Miami Beach Democrat Dan Gelber, the incoming House Minority Leader, called Crist’s comments ‘disengenous, ‘saying if Crist really felt that way about the bill he should have said something at the time (roll tape#1 o.q.�need to consider�)

Bill Newton is the Executive Director for FCAN, the Florida Consumer Action Network. He says if Charlie Crist didn’t think the bill that the legislature passed on the last day of the session last May wasn’t good for homeowners, he should have said something at the time (roll tape#2 o.q.� on this issue�)

And FCAN’s Bill Newton says that in his role as the state’s top consumer advocate, the Attorney General was silent when insurance companies then kept on hurting property owners (roll tape#3 o.q.�Charlie then either�)

St. Petersburg Times reporter Steve Bosquet was on the conference call. He read aloud what he said was a rough transcript of Crist being asked on Thursday about the issue (roll tape#4 o.q.�I’m not a grandstander�)

Upon hearing that exchange, House Democrat Dan Gelbar said that he was ‘flustered’ (roll tape#5 o.q.�it’s crazy�)

Crist’s opponent, Jim Davis, simply had this to say about his Republican opponent’s seemingly new found distaste for the Property Insurance bill supported by Governor Bush, CEO Tom Gallagher, and the majority of Republicans in Tallahassee (roll tape#6 o.q.�were on the eve of an election�)

Meanwhile, the Florida Retail Federation endorsed Charlie Crist for Governor Today, saying Jim Davis would be bad for Florida’s economic growth. Davis responded by saying that he agreed that if he won, it would be bad news indeed for Florida’s lobbyists in Tallahassee.

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