Charlie Crist rips Ron DeSantis insurance failures as Ian surges toward Florida

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'DeSantis let these insurance companies double Floridians rates and they’re still going belly up.'

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist is again attacking Gov. Ron DeSantis on insurance market failures.

“Ron DeSantis is the worst property insurance Governor in Florida history, period,” Crist contended Monday.

“Gov. DeSantis let these insurance companies double Floridians’ rates and they’re still going belly up when homeowners need them most. You pay and pay and pay, and the insurance company isn’t there for you in the end anyway.”

“This weekend, I demanded that the Governor provide emergency, 90-day coverage for homeowners who were dropped by their failing companies,” Crist asserted, saying it was “more important than ever that this Governor steps up and acts like he cares about Floridians.”

The latest Crist blast comes as FedNat is set to become the sixth Florida company to leave customers in the lurch, due to unresolved solvency issues. Florida’s Department of Financial Services filed a petition to put the company into receivership.

DeSantis defended his record on insurance during a press conference in Tallahassee Monday morning.

“We just did a Special Session. We put $2 billion into a fund to provide a backstop that kept a lot of them from going out of business,” DeSantis said, referring to money allocated for reinsurance.

“And this is a problem that we’re going to continue to tackle,” DeSantis said. “Clearly, there’s other things legislatively that I’d like to see done. I think we will get that done soon, but this is something that we will respond to.”

“First of all, we’re a strong state. We’ve got a huge amount of financial wherewithal right now so we’ll be able to get through it,” DeSantis added.

“But if you’re asking would I rather not have had a storm hit us, then the answer is yes.”

On Saturday, Crist called on DeSantis to require Citizens Insurance to assume all policies for homeowners that have been dropped by their failed insurance company for the next 90 days in response to the upcoming storm. With the storm bearing down, he repeated the attack against DeSantis’ management of the troubled property assurance sector, expanding an argument he began weeks ago.

In Jacksonville, outside the headquarters for Citizens Insurance, Crist called on DeSantis to address the “emergency,” saying the Special Session was only “really special for the insurance industry” as he contrasted his record as a Governor to that of the incumbent.

“I called for a property insurance Special Session and we lowered rates,” Crist said. “When I was Governor, the insurance companies knew that the people were in charge. Sadly, things are truly different now.”

“DeSantis has taken millions from insurance companies, and in return he does whatever they tell them to,” DeSantis said.

Pressed on issues with insolvency among insurers, Crist said the solution was “to do what’s right.”

“Allow insurance companies to have a profit. Insurance needs to make a profit. I get that. But we can’t let them gouge our fellow citizens in the process, and double their rates in just a four-year period,” Crist said.

“Insurance companies should pay what they owe to their customers,” he added when asked about the issues of litigation in the market. “Otherwise, they wouldn’t be in court in the first place. If they would just do the right thing they wouldn’t have that problem.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


35 comments

  • Charlie Crist

    September 26, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    You heard the article. I ripped him, smacked him, and suplex body slammed him. Vote for me or everyone will die.

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  • Linwood Wright

    September 26, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    DeSantis has been wasting his time on Culture War nonsense just to “own the libs”, while Floridians are getting kicked off their insurance and he did NOTHING.

    But hey, libs were triggered, so that’s cool.

    • Koggerj

      September 26, 2022 at 10:15 pm

      Libs own themselves.
      Charlie is proof of this.

      • Dagmar

        September 30, 2022 at 5:11 am

        You’re an inbred dumbass that will deserve the bill you get when the time comes around..

  • Tom

    September 26, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    Just ignorance from two back hoe, know nothings.

    Governor and legislature passed and placed $2 billion in citizens insurance. For the homeowners.

    The chameleon and his hacks are ignorant fools. Crisp is desperate, his ass kissing session with 39% Florida approval Joe was cancelled tomorrow. He s just trying to get in the news.

    Total chameleon.

    • Tropical Tom

      September 26, 2022 at 5:03 pm

      Tropical 8 spinning wind is here. Sounds like a great time to take the boat out. Trump said the fishing would be superior to any other time in human history. Where we go one, we go all.

    • Dagmar

      September 30, 2022 at 5:13 am

      Coming from an inbred ignorant fool that’s rich. Your family tree doesn’t even branch out which speaks volumes about your inbred state of mind

    • Sean

      October 1, 2022 at 12:41 pm

      This is a $2,000,000,000 bailout of owners insurance companies by Florida tax payers because of republican non-regulation of industries! Insurance wasn’t required to not have the money on hand to pay out claims. DeSantis is taking your money to pay corrupt companies. Wake up!

  • Impeach Biden

    September 26, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    Charlie Crist is gonna get rolled come November.

  • Impeach Biden

    September 26, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    Ron DeSantis is a human trafficker and belongs in prison.

    • Black crime matters

      September 26, 2022 at 10:16 pm

      Lol Ron exposed liberal hypocrisy.
      The “human trafficking” trading point is comical.

      • Dagmar

        September 30, 2022 at 5:15 am

        Coming from a racist inbred cretin like you is rich. All that’s been exposed is ignorant uneducated uninformed opinions of sub-humans like yourself. You’re evidence of what happens when brothers and sisters mate

  • Tjb

    September 26, 2022 at 4:20 pm

    Hurricane heading toward home.

    Governor DeSantis I can’t find property insurance. Need help now. One company offer me insurance at double what I paid last year, but as today they dropped out of the Florida market. Help me Ron

    • Tom

      September 26, 2022 at 5:49 pm

      You Dummycrats have nothing.
      Dumings wasn’t going to show up.
      She can’t run far enough away.
      Chameleon has his lips kissing 39% creepy Joe, “hey I was 30, you were 12” or how bout holding Michigan Govs hand, walking at auto show. Serial abuser. You can’t make it up.
      LMAO, second time in 60 days Florida cancelled. Covid now Hurricane.
      $2 billion invested in insurance.
      Chameleon clueless.

      • Charlie Crist

        September 26, 2022 at 6:21 pm

        Trump had many sexual assaults and at least one rape. Fat pervert was a crook as well. You guys sure didn’t mind cheerleading for him so hard to believe you really criticize others. Just mad because you guys got flim flammed!!!

        • Tom

          September 26, 2022 at 6:52 pm

          You are retarded Joey.
          Not everything is about Trump you moron.
          You got a mid term coming and it’s about your incompetent Potus!

          Washington Post poll, 39% approval nationally.
          Matches his Florida approval.

          You and your aliases are mental retards.

          • Charlie Crist

            September 26, 2022 at 8:28 pm

            Oh it’s about Trump. You idiots are never gonna live it down.. forever disgraced, duped, and discredited. Live in denial all you want..but your criticism of other politicians is now a joke.

  • Tom

    September 26, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Go fuck yourself.

    You got a House & Senate flipping thanks to these incompetents.

    All America knows, they were better off under 45, compared to these idiots. It’s not even a discussion anymore.

    You are just a paid Soros chinese bot.
    Get a life.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 26, 2022 at 10:04 pm

      Yes Trump lost the GOP the House and Senate, turned Georgia blue, and caused a thousand people to be arrested. Good point…

    • Jay Smif

      September 27, 2022 at 10:03 am

      I can smell the fear coming off you, weak little Tommy, and both your pathetic gods Fat Hitler and Pudgy Fascist Ron DeSantis are getting beaten, then criminally prosecuted.

      Want to tell us about how you think the “election was rigged” again, old man?

    • Dagmar

      September 30, 2022 at 5:19 am

      You’re what happens when brothers and sisters procreate. I’m surprised you have the minimal faculties to put the string of laughable words you posted. Keep taking your medication to address all those congenital mental defects you have that make you so delusional kiddo. The reality is that Republicans like you are dedicated to keeping it real…. real stupid ROFL

  • Tom

    September 26, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Go F yourself!

    It’s not even a comparable discussion point, universal knowledge, all American society knows we were better off two years ago, compared to this clown show.

    You have a shellacking coming this mid year election. New majorities, House and Senate.

    Enjoy it.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 26, 2022 at 10:06 pm

      Take a fishing boat out and photograph “tropical 4 ocean whirlwind” for us. You’ll be cool in Trump’s eyes…

      • Tom

        September 26, 2022 at 11:10 pm

        Demented bot, can’t exist without him.
        U gots your beat down coming!
        New House and Senate majorities.

    • Dagmar

      September 30, 2022 at 5:22 am

      Say hi to your uncle and aunt who are also your father and mother. 3.. 2… 1…

  • rusty flood

    September 27, 2022 at 8:50 am

    Gee, seemed like a great idea at the time to entice Yanks to sunny Florida for some waterfront living, filling wetlands, building highrise condos on the beaches. Too risky for private insurance, no problem, the State of Florida will insure you! Now, facing a $200 BILLION loss from a storm, you are stuck in a traffic jam on the Interstate, headed to nowhere. But hey, Rona suspended the tolls. Those free flights to Martha’s vineyard are looking great, Rona should let the folks who actually paid for them climb aboard, instead of some Texas wannabes. Watch the Florida economy crash because of years of dumb decisions you fools. But hey, Rona and his stooges in the Legislature have all your pro-life, anti-woke, and anti-LGBT needs satisfied. Rona DeSatan should go campaign in Arizona, Pennsylvania or some other swing state because he sure can’t do anything at this late date to help undo the clusterfuck from the cyclone. But hey, no tolls on the turnpike! What a great “leader.”

    • Tom

      September 27, 2022 at 12:37 pm

      Dumtards jay, rusty and Charlie Joey.
      So ignorant.

      Florida 22 billion in reserves! Gov will take.

      Thanks to America’s Gov. no fears j sniffer.

    • Rick

      September 28, 2022 at 6:00 pm

      True story 👍

  • margaret

    September 28, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    If Crist and DeSantis and all the legislators in Florida with the cooperation of the Federal Government would implement intelligent amagement of the environment and its relationship to development, the insurance industry would be healthier. Money will not solve the poor development practices the State has allowed instead of placing restrictions on where and what is built along the coastlines and rivers and lakes.

    Florida voters have a lot to account for when they vote for these people, regardless of Party. And, the Media, for not asking the hard questions about these matters.

    • Sandi

      October 4, 2022 at 7:46 pm

      That is not true you have no clue what you are talking about. The homes that were destroyed were built many years ago when Charlie Christ was Governor. What does that have to do with the non-regulation of industries now? Plus the insurance went up because the value of homes went up. We also have a bunch of people that took advantage and so we all now have to pay. The money they get to fix their homes is a grant that needs to be paid back if they don’t have insurance.

    • Sandi

      October 4, 2022 at 7:52 pm

      Margaret, Florida, before it was trendy installed hundreds of windmills, and solar that contributes to our energy many years ago. DeSantis in January 2019 signed an executive order for a major water reform 2.5 billion went into the plan to restore the Everglades and to protect our water resources. A Blue-Green Algae Task Force was formed to reduce the adverse impacts of Blue-green Algae. He created an office for Environmental accountability and more. You clearly don’t know what you are talking about.

  • Ricardo Rodriguez Jr

    September 28, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    Mic drop moment Jay

  • Sandi

    October 4, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    That is not true you have no clue what you are talking about. The homes that were destroyed were built many years ago when Charlie Christ was Governor. What does that have to do with the non-regulation of industries now? Plus the insurance went up because the value of homes went up. We also have a bunch of people that took advantage and so we all now have to pay. The money they get to fix their homes is a grant that needs to be paid back if they don’t have insurance.

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