Politics and the regulation of your insurance coverage is a dangerous mix in Florida.
This maxim takes on new relevance as the state braces for another hurricane season in just a few weeks (the first named storm is “Alex”).
Winds of change are swirling in Tallahassee.
Florida needs an insurance commissioner, arguably the most important consumer protection job in the state government, so Gov. Rick Scott’s judgment could be tested as never before.
Scott and the three Cabinet members will try again Tuesday to agree on a successor to Kevin McCarty, who provided savvy and stability for 13 years at the Office of Insurance Regulation as the first and only appointee in the job.
A little history: In 2002, after voters merged the elected offices of comptroller and insurance commissioner into the post of chief financial officer, the Legislature put the regulatory power under an appointee to end the unseemly practice of an elected official soliciting campaign money from regulated insurance companies.