Nothing conventional about ‘The Ox’ and the outcome

Larry Peterson of the Savannah Morning News wonders out aloud (or in print) about “The Ox”, concluding John Oxendine’s failed  bid  for the GOP gubernatorial nomination shows that conventional wisdom, while conventional, isn’t always wise. Read more.

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frugal voter

July 27th, 2010
4:42 pm

I am sure some republicans that were going to sit out the primary were mobilized to vote against the Sleaze OX. I would have had a hard time sleeping if the wishes of Creative Loafing came true and the OX was nominated allowing Barnes to win “in a walk”.
Johnson’s late TV ads certainly brought out some “sleepers”. He looked good without any real substance.

Rob Vinson

July 27th, 2010
4:47 pm

It was unreal how fast the Ox fell in the polls. I guess he was the last one to find out what everyone else already knew.

Burroughston Broch

July 27th, 2010
10:11 pm

John Oxendine has been a train wreck in progress for quite some time, and the voters heard the noise and reacted. I suspect that we’ll hear more of his problems now that he is out of power and money.

gov rep

July 28th, 2010
10:09 am

Ever since Oxendine was elected, he handled himself in the most pompus and arrogant manner. Early on, before the Republican takeover in the House, he was not respected by members of the General Assembly nor by the Governor’s office. After the Republicans took over, this disrespect by the state leadership continued. He maintained his arrogant and questionable behavior, especially in his regulatory efforts. Early on, he made it clear to insurers that if they wanted anything in his dept, you had to hire certain lawyers who were his friends or cronies, for hearings and regulatory matters. None of these had ever done any business at the DOI and they were very inexperienced. For example,why would insurers hire people with no such experience all of a sudden. It was made clear by his dept. that you had to do this or you would not have much of a chance. It was like there was an unofficial secondary regulatory level through which a company had to jump.
He also created an “roundtable” for better govt. By law the insurance commissioner could not get campaign funds or contributions of any kind, either directly or indirectly from insurance companies. This did, and still does not, prohibit employees of insurers from giving money directly. He made it known that he expected key insurer officers, including CEOs and senior officers should contribute to his roundtable in the maximum amount allowable — if not, foget about doing much business with his department. The roundtable never conducted any business, or , to my knowledge offered any support to anything except Oxendine.
You will also note that during his entire tenure as Commissioner, Oxendine never appeared in a commercial for re-election that featured him speaking. All was done by a voice over. After hearing his Gubernatorial statements both in debate and on the few commercials in which his voice was heard, it is no wonder he tried to keep publicly silent as much as possible. He has a disingenuous voice and manner that is hard to conceal.
Finally, it was common knowledge to those at the capitol that he would not hesitate to ask for special favors from the industry, such as asking insurers or their associations to put him in luxury suites when he attended industry function. This kind of behavior is not respected by most people and believe me, the word gets around.

Sure, these ethics allegations close to the election hurt, but anyone who has been following Oxendine and his antics over the years is not surprised at the outcome. The voters know when something or someone can not pass the smell test…and in his first real statewide test where he actually had to campaign against substantial competition, he failed that test. In truth, his years as commissioner did nothing to prepare him to be governor. The voters recognized he was not prepared, qualified nor ready to do be a governor of any state.