Davis on Crist new take on Insurance bill by Mitch E. Perry10/26/06
Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis and other Democrats slammed Charlie Crist today for comments heâ€™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 â€˜probablyâ€™ 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 Cristâ€™s comments â€˜disengenous, â€˜saying if Crist really felt that way about the bill he should have said something at the time (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?need to considerâ€?)
Bill Newton is the Executive Director for FCAN, the Florida Consumer Action Network. He says if Charlie Crist didnâ€™t think the bill that the legislature passed on the last day of the session last May wasnâ€™t good for homeowners, he should have said something at the time (roll tape#2 o.q.â€? on this issueâ€?)
And FCANâ€™s Bill Newton says that in his role as the stateâ€™s top consumer advocate, the Attorney General was silent when insurance companies then kept on hurting property owners (roll tape#3 o.q.â€?Charlie then eitherâ€?)
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.â€?Iâ€™m not a grandstanderâ€?)
Upon hearing that exchange, House Democrat Dan Gelbar said that he was â€˜flusteredâ€™ (roll tape#5 o.q.â€?itâ€™s crazyâ€?)
Cristâ€™s opponent, Jim Davis, simply had this to say about his Republican opponentâ€™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.â€?were on the eve of an electionâ€?)
Meanwhile, the Florida Retail Federation endorsed Charlie Crist for Governor Today, saying Jim Davis would be bad for Floridaâ€™s economic growth. Davis responded by saying that he agreed that if he won, it would be bad news indeed for Floridaâ€™s lobbyists in Tallahassee.