Property insurance played a critical role in the Florida Senate District 34 debate between Ellyn Bogdanoff and State Sen. Maria Sachs. The potentially game-changing debate took place on the “To The Point” political program on WPTV Channel 5 (NBC Palm Beach). The debate focused on Bogdanoff’s experience with complex insurance issues and multiple missed votes by Sachs. In the end, Maria Sachs was totally decimated in front of an audience of Kings Point seniors who were surely watching on Sunday morning.
Bogdanoff stated her experience in the insurance industry would help South Florida homeowners fight high insurance rates. Sachs claimed her series of insurance workshops was helping homeowners. But these residents had to be lucky enough to receive an invitation and to know to attend. It’s likely Sachs’ invitations went out to Democrat households, leaving Independents and Republicans out in the cold.
Sachs tried to quickly change the subject when Bogdanoff repeatedly asked her what she has done in the last two years on any of these important issues.
It appeared Sachs fell into Bogdanoff’s trap by repeatedly saying voters should judge candidates based upon their actions.
Sachs’ mentioned this bit of wisdom she heard as a child, “Maria, What you’re doing speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying.” Bogdanoff quickly reminded voters Sachs is a “do nothing” senator who can’t even bother to show up for work for key votes.
Bogdanoff referred to critical pieces of insurance legislation that came before the legislature over the past two years where Sachs failed to vote. According to Florida Senate voting records, Sachs skipped votes for Senate Bills: SB 1842 (2013), SB 542 (2014), and SB 1672 (2014).
Senate Bill (SB) 1842 dealt with health insurance policy. Maria Sachs did not vote.
Senate Bill (SB) 542 was an attempt to reduce flood insurance rates. Maria Sachs did not vote.
Senate Bill (SB) 1672 attempted to provide additional consumer protections from property insurance companies. Maria Sachs did not vote.
Bogdanoff said Sachs loves to talk about the regulation of “sober homes” in District #4, but she has never introduced legislation to stop their proliferation.
Sachs seemed content to talk about abortion and equal pay. However, when moderator Michael Williams if she was pro-abortion, Sachs could not give a straight answer. Sachs said, “I support a woman’s decision to make their rights known between the doctor and herself without the government present.”
On the equal pay issue, Bogdanoff said it was another example of do-nothing Sachs talking the talk, but not walking the walk. Bogdanoff stated Sachs never brought up the equal pay issue in the Florida legislature.
You can watch the full debate here.