Crist to Allstate agents: Too badby Dara Kam | January 17th, 2008
Gov. Charlie Crist reiterated his advice to Floridians to shun Allstate Insurance companies and showed little empathy this morning for companies’ 1,200 agents and salesmen in the state whose income will be impacted by insurance regulators suspension of Allstate’s ability to write new auto insurance policies.
“It’s too bad they work for such a bad company,” he said when asked about the employees’ future.
Office of Insurance Regulation Commissioner Kevin McCarty issued the suspension, the first of its kind in Florida history, in retaliation against the company and its subsidiaries for failing to produce documents ordered by a subpoena.
Crist strengthened his earlier condemnation of Allstate, which has added about 3,000 auto policies per week while shedding its homeowners’ property insurance policies.
He suggested Allstate’s auto insurance customers should revolt.
“They should fire Allstate. They’re not doing any great service in my view to the citizens and consumers of the state of Florida. I don’t know why you’d want to keep them. They’re charging incredibly high rates. They’re withholding documents. They seem to be handling themselves in a way that is beyond inappropriate. I don’t know why you’d want to pay them money for anything,” he said this morning.