Davis on Crist new take on Insurance bill by Mitch E. Perry
Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis and other Democrats slammed Charlie Crist today for comments heÃ¢â¬â¢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 Ã¢â¬ËprobablyÃ¢â¬â¢ 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 CristÃ¢â¬â¢s comments Ã¢â¬Ëdisengenous, Ã¢â¬Ësaying if Crist really felt that way about the bill he should have said something at the time (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â¬?need to considerÃ¢â¬?)
Bill Newton is the Executive Director for FCAN, the Florida Consumer Action Network. He says if Charlie Crist didnÃ¢â¬â¢t think the bill that the legislature passed on the last day of the session last May wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t good for homeowners, he should have said something at the time (roll tape#2 o.q.Ã¢â¬? on this issueÃ¢â¬?)
And FCANÃ¢â¬â¢s Bill Newton says that in his role as the stateÃ¢â¬â¢s top consumer advocate, the Attorney General was silent when insurance companies then kept on hurting property owners (roll tape#3 o.q.Ã¢â¬?Charlie then eitherÃ¢â¬?)
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.Ã¢â¬?IÃ¢â¬â¢m not a grandstanderÃ¢â¬?)
Upon hearing that exchange, House Democrat Dan Gelbar said that he was Ã¢â¬ËflusteredÃ¢â¬â¢ (roll tape#5 o.q.Ã¢â¬?itÃ¢â¬â¢s crazyÃ¢â¬?)
CristÃ¢â¬â¢s opponent, Jim Davis, simply had this to say about his Republican opponentÃ¢â¬â¢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.Ã¢â¬?were on the eve of an electionÃ¢â¬?)
Meanwhile, the Florida Retail Federation endorsed Charlie Crist for Governor Today, saying Jim Davis would be bad for FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s economic growth. Davis responded by saying that he agreed that if he won, it would be bad news indeed for FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s lobbyists in Tallahassee.comments powered by Disqus