An indictment of Oxendine by his would-be successor

Two days on the campaign trail ended for me last night in Warner Robins at a debate for Republican state-wide candidates. Karen Handel and Eric Johnson were the only GOP gubernatorial candidates to show up for the debate. But perhaps the most interesting thing uttered about their race was said by someone seeking a different office.

Seth Harp, a longtime state legislator, was one of three candidates for insurance commissioner who appeared. When asked why he wanted the job, he said it’s because “the present commissioner has used his office as a fund-raising mechanism for his campaign for governor” and that “many, many people have been shaken down.”

The “present commissioner” is, of course, John Oxendine.

Harp was giving voice to rumors that a number of people, including journalists, have been trying to pin down for months. As far as I know, he’s the only public figure to make those claims in a public forum.

When I approached Harp afterward, he wouldn’t name Oxendine’s accusers. He only said that it was everyone “from the multibillion-dollar companies to the mom-and-pops.”

“They tell me [these accusations] everywhere I go in the insurance industry. Everywhere I go,” Harp said. “They’re scared to death of him, as long as he’s in office, because he holds sway over them. … He’ll flat tell ‘em: ‘You better give it [money] to me. I’m going to be the governor, and you can pay the piper then or you can pay the piper now.’ “

28 comments Add your comment


July 16th, 2010
11:05 am

I worked in the insurance industry for five years and I believe what is said about Oxendine to be absolutely true. However, I’m not happy about any of his challengers; they are all politically ambitious opportunist.


July 16th, 2010
11:18 am

I also worked in the insurance industry, at one point specifically handling filings for the state of GA. I can say without hesitation that this Republican in Name Only has created a nightmare regulatory environment, with shakedowns, both small and large, being the norm. The GA insurance market has suffered as a result. What could be a hyper competitive market is instead a market where only the large or connected carriers can accomplish anything. This ultimately results in higher premiums for all.

Obama for Heisman

July 16th, 2010
11:37 am

I’m a conservative and will likely vote for the Republican on my ticket but there is something about Handel that scares me. She just appears to be a career politician. I’m tired of career politicians! Including the one in the white house. We need someone with some business or military experience running things.


July 16th, 2010
12:07 pm

Why is it that crooks like Oxendine and Vernon Jones are ever elected to office in the first place? Are people just ignorant?

Grand Forks

July 16th, 2010
12:45 pm

“but there is something about Handel that scares me.”

Maybe it has something to do with her lack of education.

Grand Forks

July 16th, 2010
1:05 pm

This is gonna be real interesting. Roy Barnes endorsed AZ law against illegals. Guess democrats are scratching their heads over this one.


July 16th, 2010
1:08 pm

“but there is something about Handel that scares me”

Is it her complete lack of knowledge on the important issues for Georgia’s future water and transportation? Her mean-sprited-ness? Her machiavellian approach to government? The fact that she will destroy intown Atlanta? Or something elese?


July 16th, 2010
1:09 pm

As usual, the Republican gubernatorial candidate field is just awful. Do everyone a favor … vote for a Democrat for Georgia Governor. Any of the Dem frontrunners are better than these fools.

Grand Forks

July 16th, 2010
1:24 pm

“vote for a Democrat for Georgia Governor. ”

Hey, he pissed off teachers unions and now wants to join AZ in getting rid of illegals. That’s fine in my book!

Mr. Holmes

July 16th, 2010
1:45 pm

Something’s not right about Oxendine. He looks like a Simpsons character.

JF McNamara

July 16th, 2010
1:52 pm

What? A dirty politician? You mean he spent an absurd amount of cash to get elected, and then made quid pro quo demands. You, Kyle, must take me for a fool!

Churchill's MOM

July 16th, 2010
2:14 pm

I watched the Republican Insurance Commissioner debates and most sounded worse than the Governor’s field. I will not vote for any of they candidates who are out of the legislature and currently plan to vote for Mamalakis.

For you paid Deal blogger just remember that Deal is 1 of Washington’s 15 most CORRUPT Congressmen. Ms Handel may not be perfect but she is honest which is more than can be said for Deal, Johnson and The Ox.

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 16th, 2010
2:24 pm

My fear is that Barnes and Oxendine will be the two nominess, leaving me with nobody to vote for.

random observer

July 16th, 2010
3:13 pm

Grand Forks: A number of Democrats know, just like you do, that politicians will often take the popular view on an issue if it means getting votes! Many Republican candidates are doing the same thing on the Arizona law issue. Most of them (politicians) don’t really plan to do anything except bloviate to get votes!!


July 16th, 2010
3:25 pm

Oxendine is muy corrupt in my opinion. I would never, ever consider voting for him. And, hope to see him out of any sort of office real soon.

Grand Forks

July 16th, 2010
3:36 pm

“Most of them (politicians) don’t really plan to do anything except bloviate to get votes!!”

Of course, but they also know that Brewer is doing something that most American’s want. Barnes is a bozo and was a mediocre governor. Unfortunately there really isn’t much to choose from in GA. Too bad we can’t get people like Chris Cristie or Bobby Jindal.


July 16th, 2010
3:42 pm

Vote for John Monds for governor. . .what could it hurt? Tired of the same ole same ole? Try something different. .I almost said new, but libertarianism isn’t new, just hasn’t been tried in a couple hundred years. .Jefferson was the last, I think.


July 16th, 2010
3:43 pm

I fear everything we’re hearing is hearsay. It’s like “Hear what I say…vote for me.”

Doesn’t Bob McDonnell or Chris Cristie have a brother they can send our way?

I’m ready to vote for an new unknown.


July 16th, 2010
3:57 pm

I daresay that John Monds might just be our Bobby Jindal.

There is no chance that I cast a vote for Handel (lay off the gay marriage issue please), Oxendine (enough said), or Barnes (again, enough said).

Grand Forks

July 16th, 2010
3:57 pm

“Jefferson was the last, I think.”

Well, according to left wing retards, Jefferson was an atheist baby killing socialist who hated capitalism.

Grand Forks

July 16th, 2010
4:03 pm

Paul Ryan = future of GOP

Rep. Paul Ryan: A Time for Choosing

“Are we going to reclaim the American idea — an entrepreneurial economy where you make the most of your life, you tap your potential, we reinvigorate the principles of liberty, freedom, free enterprise — and defend the morality of that — or are we going to abandon that and switch over toward a European-style, cradle-to-grave welfare state where we drain people of their incentive and will to make the most of their lives and make them more dependent on the government?”

“[Progressives] believe that we ought to have the government so much more involved in our lives, as the more determining factor in our lives, rather than ourselves. So we have to ask ourselves a question: Do we want an entrepreneurial society that gets prosperity turned back on in the 21st century, where individual merit, entrepreneurial activity defines the American economy, or are we going to have more and more people dependent on the government for their livelihoods? And that is going to drain them of their ability and their will to make the most of their lives. That’s sort of the fork in the road we are at, and it’s really being precipitated by the current direction of our government and the debt crisis because of entitlement explosion that’s coming in the future. Those things are coming together. We’ve got to make a decision in 2010 and in 2012 what kind of country we want to be in the 21st century economy.”

John Birch

July 16th, 2010
4:39 pm

John Monds is the best gubernatorial candidate we have. Handel, experienced or not, would be better than the known crook Oxendine or the known failed education governor Barnes. When King Roy was elected on a strong education platform we were 49th in SAT scores and by the time he lost in 2002 we were 50th!


July 16th, 2010
4:58 pm

They just are making it easy for Roy…

The Cynical White Boy

July 16th, 2010
5:55 pm

It needs to be either Roy or Dubose, and here’s why….

A “John” or a “Kathy” would ruin the proud succession of names we have going for our recent Governors…

“Joe Frank….Zell…..Roy…..Sonny…”

Let’s keep the track record going…and since Roy is only the figure head for Bobby Kahn’s shee-nanigans, I guess that leaves us with Dubose.


July 16th, 2010
8:17 pm

No, enough, 16 years defending Insurance Companies and turning his back on Middle Class Ga is more like it. This former Bill Clinton Fundraiser turned Bush Republican will take Georgia into the DIRT. Oxendine might fit in with rural ga, where they don’t care about Government except for rebel flag and low taxes, but Oxendine is disastrous for Metro Atlanta, He’ll CUT Education Funding, Kiss the Fortune 500 jobs good bye, Oxendine will Racially Single Out and Humiliate Latin Mexicans, and Oxendine Favors Wealthy Millionaires over the Hard-Working Middle Class Georgians. He’s BUSH/TeaParty republican for the ages and is toxic for Middle-Class Georgia.

Pickin' Cotton

July 17th, 2010
9:32 am

Roy will say or do anything to get elected. Remind you of anyone else?


July 18th, 2010
5:55 pm

I unfortunately had an insurance claim with damage to my home. That is a very disshonest office Ox has. I was dealing with organized crime and the Insurance Com.’s Office was in it all! The insurance commissioners office is corrupt and the insurance companies are corrupt and all services like contractors are corrupt. I would be ashamed to tell people that I was an insurance adjuster, I dont know how these people sleep at night! We need to have an appointed Insurance Commisioner rather than an elected one here in GA.

Mr Toes

July 21st, 2010
10:30 pm

I worked FOR Oxi-moron for 7 years as examiner. He did not want me to exam companies. Wanted all examiners and companies to come to his ROUNDTABLE MEETINGS and all agree to get along and contribute to his campaign. Each eamination was SURVEYED AFTER COMPLETION SO SEE IF “YOU HAD A SATISFACTORY EXAM” I was pulled off one exam because I WAS TOO INTENSE. Got in big trouble when I showed him taxi cab companies had forged ownership of property at airport, only to find out the real property listing at courthouse had BEEN MODIFIED, TWO WEEKS LATER TO HIDE THE CRIME….