Critics continue to weaponize Ron DeSantis’ ‘insurance crisis’

DeSantis Watch
A new video voices familiar arguments about troubled market.

Florida’s faltering property insurance market continues to be a live issue ahead of Election Day with a new video underscoring the case against Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The DeSantis Watch group unveiled Monday its latest criticism of the incumbent. The 38-second long “Ron’s Insurance Crisis” interweaves scary news reports and a jeremiad about the property insurance market from Sen. Jeff Brandes to make the case to “vote Ron out.”

“In the wake of Hurricane Ian, Florida’s already cratering property insurance market is now on the verge of collapse and rates are set to skyrocket again,” said DeSantis Watch Communications Director Anders Croy.

“As Florida’s housing affordability crisis has grown, the Governor has responded by giving bailouts to his corporate donors in the insurance industry and slashing funding for affordable housing for workers and seniors throughout the state. Floridians need real relief that brings down the cost of property insurance, not more of Ron DeSantis’ failure to lead that is pricing the middle class out of their homes,” Croy added.

The DeSantis Watch video comes just days after the Governor cast doubt on Florida’s own insurer of last resort, Citizens Property Insurance, as “unfortunately undercapitalized” and “something that if you had a major storm, could be in some problems.”

Though the company now has more than a million customers, it was spared worse financial impacts since it had relatively limited exposure in Southwest Florida during Hurricane Ian.

The video is the latest in a series of criticisms from Democrats and even some Republicans of a property insurance market that is among the most fragile in the country.

Democrat Charlie Crist has said for weeks that DeSantis is the “worst property insurance Governor in Florida history.” And U.S. Sen. Rick Scott has lamented rates that have “skyrocketed” in what he has called a “failing” property insurance market during the DeSantis era.

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • Elliott Offen

    October 17, 2022 at 11:49 am

    Weaponize my ass. These empty suit Republicans don’t “intervene in the free market” in order to funnel money to the rich and continue to blame the Dems for anything and everything. However, it’s the Republicans who haven’t been governing over the last decade. Just obstruct and lie and sabotage government… otherwise write stupid laws that only benefit the rich and limit the freedoms of everyone else. God save us from this bullshit party. Buncha gd crooks and charlatans.

  • arthro

    October 17, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    Crist is the one who caused this mess. Just ask Nikki Fried – she actually told the truth during the primary. Even some Democrats have since criticized Crist’s insurance strategy. “He actually destroyed the insurance marketplace,” said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, the only Democrat elected statewide, in an interview with USA Today Network-Florida during her primary race against Crist, whom she has since endorsed. “What he did was a lot of our insurance carriers left the state, which caused Citizens’ policy numbers to go through the roof … he did a policy position that actually hurt the marketplace and ultimately hurt the consumers.”

    Want to blame someone for the property insurance mess? Blame Charlie Crist.

    • Good for them

      October 20, 2022 at 1:55 am

      At least someone was smart enough to leave Florida

  • PeterH

    October 17, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Leave Florida’s Ronnie Wingnut alone. He’s very busy planning million dollar flights for immigrants.

    Ronnie knows what’s important to Floridians!

    Gerrymandering, abstaining from debates, gerrymandering, voter suppression, cultural wars, racist dog whistles, controlling women’s reproductive health decisions and irrational gun legalization are all weapons in the Republican arsenal to win elections.


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