Davis' New Ad Blasts Insurance 'Loophole'
Jim Davis rolled out his second statewide TV ad Wednesday, criticizing the Legislature and Democratic primary opponent Rod Smith for creating a "loophole" that, he says, makes it difficult for homeowners to get claims paid for wind or flood damage. "This loophole is a classic example of this legislature siding with the insurance industry at a time when we have been most vulnerable as Floridians," Davis told the Tallahassee press corps. Joining by telephone were two homeowners who expressed frustration with getting claims paid, though Davis later acknowledged they were not affected by the change in the law last year. "They are representative" of the situation, he said.
UPDATE: Smith responds. "For someone who spent so little time going to work in Washington, Jim Davis sure has mastered the art of the D.C. soundbite," said Smith spokesman David Kochman. "His proposal will send rates soaring even higher. He wants to force homeowners to buy flood insurance from a private insurer rather than the federally subsidized and discounted National Flood Insurance Program. If you think rates are high now, wait until private insurers start billing for flood risk." The campaign notes the National Flood Insurance Program was created specifically because it is not affordable for homeowners to pay for private flood insurance.