That thorny insurance question
What's remarkable about the insurance crisis as a political issue is that it may be too complicated for the campaign trail, or maybe even the voting booth. Dig deep into nearly any candidate's insurance reform plan and none offers near-term relief for property owners. Ask candidates to guarantee lower insurance rates, and they decline. "The problem with the insurance solution is it takes too long to explain in a campaign setting," said Senate President Tom Lee, R-Valrico, who is running for state chief financial officer, a Cabinet-level post that involves some oversight of insurance matters.
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Across Florida, rising frustration over high insurance premiums has taken center stage just four weeks before the primary election. In races up and down the ballot, voters are asking and candidates are answering, as best they can, hard questions about a crisis that reaches beyond income level or party affiliation.