Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty Gone

About a year ago, I posted a blog, Kevin McCarty and the Florida Cabinet.

At that time, there was chatter that Commissioner McCarty would be fired by the Financial Services Commission (made up of the Governor, Attorney General, and CFO). Thankfully, he was not let go.

However, late yesterday afternoon it was announced that McCarty would be resigning.

For the same reasons set out in that prior blog, his departure is a very bad thing for Florida insurance consumers. Commissioner McCarty has been a stalwart protector of consumer rights and is recognized as a national leader in the insurance industry. . .maybe that is why the powers that be wanted him gone?

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Mike Rump - January 6, 2016 9:57 AM

I agree that McCarty is a stalwart defender of consumer rights. I am not sure that is why the Governor wanted to bring in his "own guy". It isn't unusual for a top government official to want to fill positions with folks they are more comfortable with for any number of reasons. However, we must watch closely who will be filling this very important post. McCarty's shoes won't be easy to fill and let's hope and pray the Governor and this cabinet fill this post with someone who will also defend consumers with equal zeal. Given the carrier's attacks on McCarty, I can only imagine the pressure they are going to be putting on Governor Scott. We need to do the same thing. Let the lobbying begin.

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