Ralph Hudgens, the state senator from Hull and Republican candidate for insurance commissioner, was on the radio this morning with Martha Zoller.
Her station, WXKT (103.7FM) in Gainesville, covers most of north Georgia, and streams live on the Internet.
Hudgens and Zoller continued to chat during one of the breaks, but Zoller forgot to turn off the audio that feeds into the live stream.
So a number listeners heard Hudgens say, quite forcefully: “The insurance commissioner can’t do squat about health care.”
And so another politician has learned that a) the mike is always live, even when it’s dead; and b) some truths uttered in private aren’t nearly as true when they’re said in public.
Zoller e-mailed Hudgens an apology later in the day. Fortunately for the candidate, the audio wasn’t being recorded.
Hudgens is one of nine Republican candidates in the race for insurance commissioner.
One of them, attorney Maria Sheffield of Atlanta, heard Hudgens comments, and Twittered a jab:
Beware Live Mic: Ralph Hudgens streaming live on Martha Zoller show during radio commercial forgot he was live. Why he can’t fight Obama…
At issue is the declaration by state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, a Republican candidate for governor, this spring that he would refuse to implement the first phase of the new health care law – a high risk pool for Georgians who can’t get health insurance because of preexisting conditions.
If states don’t create the pools, the health care law authorizes the federal government to do it.
Former Gov. Roy Barnes, a Democratic candidate, recently called Oxendine’s decision “one of the most foolish things I’ve ever seen.”
“The funds for people with pre-existing conditions are available right now, so why not take them and insure these folks? It’s crazy,” Barnes said – according to Tom Baxter at InsiderAdvantage.