Report: Sink authorized convicted felons to sell insurance in Florida

posted at 12:55 pm on October 12, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

In a debate yesterday in Florida with Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink, Republican Rick Scott surprised Sink with a demand to explain why Sink approved applications for insurance licenses from convicted felons.  Sunshine State News follows up with a report that on six occasions Sink waived regulations intended to keep felons from selling insurance in the state.  Convictions include grand larceny, forgery, and assault on a police officer:

On at least six occasions, state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink approved felons’ applications to sell insurance in Florida.

In a series of letters to felons last year, Sink flashed the green light to applicants who had been convicted of, or pleaded guilty to the following:

  • Assault on a police officer.
  • Resisting arrest with violence.
  • Grand larceny.
  • Conspiracy to use unauthorized credit cards.
  • Obtaining property for a worthless check.
  • Forgery.
  • Parole violation. …

According to records obtained by Sunshine State News, each of the six applicants, whose names were redacted, were granted final approval to sell insurance in Florida.

Their product lines are mainly health and life insurance, including annuities. Companies run the gamut from small operators to big-name insurers, such as Humana and Prudential.

Sink apparently knew nothing of the issue before the debate.  SSN reports that she huddled with aides immediately after the debate was over and “quizzed” them over the issue.  This speaks directly to her stewardship as a constitutional officer in Florida, and it could be very damaging to any argument Sink makes about her competence to move up to the top executive job — which is responsible for law enforcement in general.

At least at the moment, though, Quinnipiac shows Sink closing the gap a bit with Scott.  However, this story (if corroborated) could reverse the basis of her surge:

Closing the Florida governor’s race to a dead heat, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, the Democrat, now has 44 percent of likely voters to Republican Rick Scott’s 45 percent, compared to the Republican’s 49 – 43 percent lead October 1, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Ms. Sink’s surge could be tied to voter belief, 44 – 28 percent, that she was a more ethical businessperson than Scott when both were in the private sector, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey finds. A total of 89 percent of likely voters say a candidate’s record in business is either somewhat or very important to their vote choice. …

Florida independent likely voters say 50 – 24 percent that Sink, the former president of Bank of America’s Florida division, was more ethical in business than Scott, the former CEO of Columbia/HCA, the nation’s largest hospital chain.

The race will probably hinge less on business ethics and law enforcement than on the economy. Only 20% of the likely voters polled by Quinnipiac think the economy is improving, while 34% think it is getting worse. While this will be a close race — much closer than the Senate race — the likely impact of this story will be to neutralize the ethics debate and focus it back on the economy and jobs, and matters of future policy.


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What could possibly go wrong?

Ward Cleaver on October 12, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Freakin’ hideous shrew. That should be a big negative in itself.

Lanceman on October 12, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Convictions include grand larceny, forgery, and assault on a police officer:

I’m not too fond of laws that punish people permanently for past crimes – if the crimes are completely unrelated to what they are forever prohibited from doing. But felony forgery and larceny for an insurance agent? Sounds like a bad idea.

forest on October 12, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Hard as it may be for Dems to believe, Republicans can do opposition research, too.

Bat Chain Puller on October 12, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Was there such a dearth of insurance agents in Florida that they needed to approve felons to sell policies?

Extrafishy on October 12, 2010 at 1:01 PM

p.s. Dems don’t own all the October surprises.

Bat Chain Puller on October 12, 2010 at 1:02 PM

The ACME ROPE COMPANY,

is in a deal-making,as their
Poster-Child for the companies new Camapign across
America,as to portray Sink’s image,as the Face of
The Liberal Party in the NeverEnding,and Escalation
in Hang’n themselves Politicaly!!

On a side-note,ACME ROPE COMPANY is perplexed that
niether GaffeBiden,nor Hopey are willing to visit
the company,on a tour,touting their expansion and
employment opportunities!!!!!!!!!!

(snark).

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Sink sunk?

darwin on October 12, 2010 at 1:07 PM

While acknowledging that her letters did not constitute final approval, Sink, in letters signed by Deputy Chief Financial Officer Tammy Teston, appeared to waive restrictions for felony applicants.
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Interesting!!

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Let ‘em sell insurance, let ‘em vote, let ‘em brutalize other people.

Democrats give big sloppy wet kisses to felons.

Jailbirds of a feather.

NoDonkey on October 12, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Now if Sink had been running against Attorney General Bill McCollum on an issue like this, Sink would be sunk.

Steve Z on October 12, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Its funny Sink has been trying to run as someone “for the people” despite toeing the line on everything Obama says. Lately though the most damaging ads to Scott have probably come from the Florida Police Benevolent Association. They put forth an ad about how Scott wants to let felons out of jail. Of course all the damaging quotes used in the ad come from the PBA itself, but most won’t know that. I do love how almost all the felons in the ad are minorities.

Zaggs on October 12, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Holy cow! Isn’t this worthy of investigation or something? Who does something like this, without there being an ulterior motive?

capejasmine on October 12, 2010 at 1:10 PM

KWIN-uh-pe-ack

They include a pronunciation guide with their releases?

How insanely vain.

Mr. Bingley on October 12, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Two months ago, Sink was bemoaning all the negative advertising in the GOP primary; now she’s running a gutter negative campaign. She’s a shrill liberal obama witch. Thank goodness this is a GOP year; it should put Scott over the top in the end.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on October 12, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest with violence shouldn’t count because the police are such BRUTES!

AubieJon on October 12, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Holy cow! Isn’t this worthy of investigation or something? Who does something like this, without there being an ulterior motive?

capejasmine on October 12, 2010 at 1:10 PM

And the Dems in Florida published and distributed Allen West’s SSN.

tetriskid on October 12, 2010 at 1:15 PM

I’m not too fond of laws that punish people permanently for past crimes – if the crimes are completely unrelated to what they are forever prohibited from doing. But felony forgery and larceny for an insurance agent? Sounds like a bad idea.

forest on October 12, 2010 at 1:01 PM

I would say its fair game because the DNC is running ads acting like Scott didn’t tell the truth about medicare fraud (comparing two different cases) and the PBA is saying that Scott wants to let violent felons out of jail to cut costs.
Yes you shouldn’t have to pay for minor crimes the rest of your life. But whats good for the goose…

Zaggs on October 12, 2010 at 1:18 PM

They include a pronunciation guide with their releases?

How insanely vain.

Mr. Bingley on October 12, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Not exactly. They follow AP style guide in their releases, however, and AP style guide would suggest including the pronunciation.

dieudonne on October 12, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Sink. Sank. Sunk.

portlandon on October 12, 2010 at 1:19 PM

SINK STINKS! SINK SINK!

Now try saying that six times really fast!

pilamaye on October 12, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Their product lines are mainly health and life insurance, including annuities. Companies run the gamut from small operators to big-name insurers, such as Humana and Prudential.

Terrific. Turn the felons loose against our Seniors to sell Medicare fantasy packages. Way to go Alex.

Key West Reader on October 12, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Yeah, the GOP primary was supposed to close, too.

The Senate race in Florida is the big draw for voter turn out, and it’s in the bag. Everyone who’ll vote for Rubio will vote for Scott.

And all the Dems who will stay home because the Senate race is in the bag are the voters that Sink needs to make the current poll numbers accurate.

SlaveDog on October 12, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Her pic reminds me of an episode of an awesome britcom called “Chef!” in which they discuss a certain woman who always looks like she has a “rather nasty smell under her nose”, and refer to her thereafter as “Mrs Rather Nasty Smell”.

Midas on October 12, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Scott is no saint, trust me. The HCA debacle took its toll, but in the end he resigned and the issue was cleared.

The current issue with Sink is this: In Florida we have a huge Senior population. With the threat of ObamaCare, it has left the field wide open for people to get their 2-15 L&H licenses unchecked. The demand is huge for agents.

I’m an agent, but not L&H. I just hope and pray that Alex Sink has put into place stringent rules on Errors and Omissions coverage and that the entities currently preying on our Seniors are properly vetted.

Rick Scott? There’s your opening. Take it and run.

Key West Reader on October 12, 2010 at 1:26 PM

If the GOP can’t defeat this Titanic candidate in Florida then………………

…….seriously it’s worse than I thought.

PappyD61 on October 12, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Bill McBride’s wife.
That says it all.

Lanceman on October 12, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Not to mention, if she wins? Every redistricting attempt goes straight to the courts. People have GOT to get over the Scott aversion. Have GOT to.

tree hugging sister on October 12, 2010 at 1:30 PM

And all the Dems who will stay home because the Senate race is in the bag are the voters that Sink needs to make the current poll numbers accurate.

SlaveDog on October 12, 2010 at 1:25 PM

In Sink’s defense, I will say that she has performed brilliantly as our CFO. Do I want her as governor? No.

This is why the Rick Scott ads are not having the impact that he would expect. I was disappointed in his attacks against McCollum, but forgave him because it was a big battle. I know McCollum and he’s a good man. I cringed at Scott’s attack ads.

Scott needs to wake up and realize that there are people who recall his tenure at HCA and that yes, McCollum served us well and so has Sink. I want to see clear proposals on the board, not attack ads. Unless Scott can tell me what he’s going to do to turn around our RE markets and banking, taxes, education, etc…. As an independent I might make my hanging chad for Sink.

I respect her. She’s done a good job.

/Rant off.

Key West Reader on October 12, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Sink apparently knew nothing of the issue before the debate.

Huh?

she approved something WITHOUT reading it first???

cmsinaz on October 12, 2010 at 1:32 PM

If the GOP can’t defeat this Titanic candidate in Florida then………………

…….seriously it’s worse than I thought.

PappyD61 on October 12, 2010 at 1:26 PM

If McCollum had won it would be no contest.

Key West Reader on October 12, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Sink apparently knew nothing of the issue before the debate.
Huh?

she approved something WITHOUT reading it first???

cmsinaz on October 12, 2010 at 1:32 PM

cmsinaz:LOL,standard liberal operating procedure!!:)

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 1:33 PM

What a shame in a state that large, these are the best 2 people for the voters to choose from for governor.

Kissmygrits on October 12, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Huh?

she approved something WITHOUT reading it first???

cmsinaz on October 12, 2010 at 1:32 PM

You crack me up!!

Key West Reader on October 12, 2010 at 1:34 PM

cmsinaz:LOL,standard liberal operating procedure!!:)

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 1:33 PM

indeed…

:)

cmsinaz on October 12, 2010 at 1:35 PM

You crack me up!!

Key West Reader on October 12, 2010 at 1:34 PM

:)

cmsinaz on October 12, 2010 at 1:37 PM

I concur with Key West Reader – Rick Scott is no saint, but dang it he’s OUR “no-saint” (to paraphrase FDR).

Dam* the torpedoes, full speed ahead, sink Sink.

We have districts to redraw here in the Sunshine State, not to mention we don’t need another Obama clone foisted on us *shudder*

Marybeth on October 12, 2010 at 1:38 PM

What a shame in a state that large, these are the best 2 people for the voters to choose from for governor.

Kissmygrits on October 12, 2010 at 1:34 PM

It all comes down to enlistment… who’s “next” in the junket to move to the next level. It’s all going to change this year.

I am particularly disturbed by the # of L&H licenses that are being issued without fingerprints, without background checks, without education checks and without checks on integrity. Medicare Advantage programs are coming to an end and our Senior population is in peril.

I do claim investigations and am going to go ahead and get the L&H license to help protect our Seniors from predators. I won’t do it for profit, I’ll be doing it as a public service. Any commissions that are due and owing will go straight back into Senior Care Centers and to help Meals on Wheels.

The only problem I have is finding a company that will pay charity vs. me.

Key West Reader on October 12, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Sighted Sink, sunk same: Scott

drunyan8315 on October 12, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Coming soon…………….in November

Movie Remake,Sink the Sink,er,

Dogfights: “Sink the Bismarck” 1 of 5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuTNJ2oz1aE&feature=related
—————

(snark).

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Some were convicted of burglary as well. Just who you do not want coming in your home to sell insurance. Person committed fraud is another along with a felony charge for assault. None of those people should ever have access to Social Security Numbers or be in your home to sell insurance.

Now beginning to wonder if the FL SBA which lost so much money under Crist, Sink, and McCollum ($67+B) with bad investments and using middlemen to open doors at pension funds (over $1M a pop) is the reason McCollum doesn’t want Scott as there might be an investigation launched into the SBA under the control of those three. Nothing else makes sense!

PhiKapMom on October 12, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Sink waived regulations intended to keep felons from selling insurance in the state. Convictions include grand larceny, forgery, and assault on a police officer

Sink the Democrat waived regulations so convicted felons can get up close & personal with the people of Florida. Holy Rick Scott, Batman!!!

TN Mom on October 12, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Terrific. Turn the felons loose against our Seniors to sell Medicare fantasy packages. Way to go Alex.

Key West Reader on October 12, 2010 at 1:23 PM

To say nothing of access to the SSN’s of Florida seniors.

GrannyDee on October 12, 2010 at 4:48 PM

I hope she sinks.

tinkerthinker on October 12, 2010 at 9:09 PM

“Convicted felons” is brought to you from the Department of Redundancy Department of the Division of Needless Repetition Division.

By definition a felon has been convicted. Before conviction the person is a normal civilian citizen “merely” accused of a felony. And once the felon has gotten out of prison legally there are Constitutional issues with continuing the punishment by denying jobs.

Regardless “convicted felon” is a fingernails on the blackboard expression, just like “rate of speed” when speed itself is already a rate, the rate of movement, the rate at which position changes. So a rate of speed would be an acceleration.

{^_-}

herself on October 13, 2010 at 3:57 AM