Harp confident he’ll win GOP runoff for insurance commissioner

Larry Peterson of SavannahNow.com reports that Seth Harp says he will be one of the top two finishers in the July 20 Republican primary for state insurance commissioner.

And Harp, a Columbus state senator campaigning Tuesday in Chatham and Effingham counties, says he’ll win the Aug. 10 runoff.

“People have come to know me through my 10 years of legislative service,” he said. “They know me as a person of integrity. It’s a matter of trust.”

Nine Republicans – including John Mamalakis of Savannah – and one Democrat are seeking to replace the GOP’s John Oxendine, who is running for governor.  Read the complete story

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May 26th, 2010
11:07 am

Candidate says he will win. This is news?

Egor for real change

May 26th, 2010
11:28 am

This is not news. Seth Harp will win this race.


May 26th, 2010
2:07 pm

I don’t know much about him. I just hope he’s not a crook like the current commissioner.

Cobb GOP

May 26th, 2010
2:10 pm

Gerry Purcell will win. He has won all the straw polls and has the tea party vote.


May 26th, 2010
4:27 pm

Seth Harp is by far the better candidate. He is a thoughtful conservative as opposed to Purcell who is a far right winger.


May 26th, 2010
4:55 pm

Harp comes across to me as arrogant. He won’t be getting my vote.


May 27th, 2010
11:52 am

Harp is a wacko.

Shane Bruce, Libertarian Candidate for Insurance Commissioner

May 27th, 2010
9:05 pm

Greetings All,

I am sure that all nine of the republican candidates for the office of Insurance Commissioner are confident that they will emerge victorious from the impending primary. I’m also sure that just like in “HighLander”, there can only be one. Which one? Based on the meager scraps of intelligence I’ve come across over the last few weeks, I think it’ll boil down to candidate Hudgens and candidate Sheffield in the run off and I suspect that candidate Sheffield will win the day.

Which is good news for my unfunded, unstaffed campaign for the same office. I’d love to be the only Libertarian guy in the race facing a female republican lawyer who worked for the Ox for 6 years and a female democrat ex-State Rep/Senator. Nice contrast.

So please keep up the good work republicans. Make your primary as contentious as possible and get some of those back burner issues up to the front. I would suggest:

-The 45 Insurance Mandates in Georgia that all Georgians pay for whether they use them or not.

-Georgia’s Insurance Premium Tax, one of the highest in the USA.

-Ethical considerations about taking campaign donations from the industries the Office of the Insurance Commissioner regulates or from the law firms that represent them.

-Georgia’s ranking as the 9th most expensive state for insurance products in the USA. Why aren’t we 49th like we are in education?

If you’d like find out more about me and my Libertarian campaign, good luck. It’s not like we get press coverage or anything. You can head over to the FaceBook page or drop by Bludgeon & Skewer for a start.

Vote for Smaller Government, Lower Taxes and More Freedom! Vote for Shane Bruce for Insurance Commissioner!


May 27th, 2010
10:40 pm

Seth Harp has been a terrible state Senator. His proposed cuts to higher education earlier this year caused a hugh stink because they were so deep that they would have wrecked the University System of Georgia if they had been implemented. The man should not be anywhere near elected office.

Egor for real change

May 28th, 2010
11:31 am

Shane, I like your stance on all of those things. Unfortunately they are all legislative items and cannot be completed as Insurance Commissioner, it is a regulatory position.

RR, what is your understanding of Georgia’s budget crisis, the Board of Regents, and the proposed budget cuts to USG? And is that all you know of Seth, the sound bite from the most recent session? Clearly you need to do some more research.


May 28th, 2010
11:54 am

No, I follow higher education issues quite closely in Georgia. This year’s session wasn’t the first time Harp has supported idiotic ideas. For instance, he was one of those behind considering merging the two-year colleges with the technical system, despite the fact that they are very different institutions with very different missions. If that merger would have occurred, it would have created a huge mess for thousands of students.

Harp has repeatedly demonstrated that he is unfit for public office. I’m a registered Republican. But if he wins the party’s nomination I’ll gladly vote for whoever the Democrats put up in November. And I’ll encourage all my friends, including those in the insurance business, to do the same. Anyone but Harp. I’ve heard from someone in the insurance business that Purcell would be good.


Egor for real change

May 28th, 2010
3:34 pm

So I take it ‘rr’ stands for ‘registered republican’? I’m shaking in my boots lol. Sorry he doesn’t tote the party line and has the balls to make or suggest tough decisions in tough times. Go ahead and gladly vote for a democrat (who is a lobbyist) that fully endorses obamacare, that’s what a good ‘registered republican’ would do.

If I were in the insurance industry I would want an agent in the office as well, they are always standing up for the people and not the industry…. right….


May 28th, 2010
3:54 pm

If straw polls actually predicted anything Ron Paul would have been the nominee for President. My wife and I have been active in Georgia politics since we met on Paul Coverdell’s first Senate race as interns while at UGA and I will be the first to admit the entire field running for Insurance Commissioner is weak to say the least. I have met every person who is running and while My wife nor I have figured out who we are going to vote for I will tell you right now It will not be Harp or Purcell. Harp does not seem to know what he is talking about and Purcell is owned by the Tea Party groups and does not seem like he will be able to work with anyone in the government. My gut tells me the run off is going to be Hudgens and Knox and to be honest I can live with both of them in this office.


May 28th, 2010
6:51 pm


There is a difference between being a maverick and a complete idiot. Harp proved himself to be the latter with all of his crazy ideas on higher education. I shudder to think what he would do as insurance commissioner. The only thing I would vote for him for would be retirement.


Egor for real change

May 28th, 2010
8:20 pm

Fair enough. The Insurance Commissioner has no ability to make or change law, only to enforce it. The possibilities for “crazy ideas” are endless from that sort of position…

agree to disagree…


May 29th, 2010
1:28 pm

Purcell is the only candidate to consider. He’s the only one in the race, democrat, libertarian or republican, who’s nationally known for his work to save taxpayer money where their insurance costs are concerned. He seems to be a man of principle and honor. Most importantly, he isn’t a currently elected official looking to step up to a higher office at the end of their career for a better State retirement. All these folks in the race who we’ve elected year after year are not the solution.