Sunday, March 21, 2010

Despite what Mike Chaney says, David Baria's not running for Insurance Commissioner

In Molly Parker's article today, she briefly covers the 2011 Insurance Commissioner race.  She writes:

Republican Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said he recently heard a rumor that Democratic state Sen. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, was planning to challenge him.
Baria is most known for his role as president of the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association during tort reform discussions in the Capitol several years ago.
"I talked to him Monday night and said, 'Are you running for commissioner?' And he said, 'If anybody asks me, I'm going to tell them I'm running.' "
Baria said he is running for re-election to the Senate.
Here's the problem:  David Baria's not running for Insurance Commissioner, and Mike Chaney knows that.  In fact, Baria and Chaney joked about it Monday night.  (That's what the conversation was about; Chaney joked that he needed Baria in the race in order to raise money.)  I'm a little concerned that Mike Chaney, a good man, may have been misquoted and made to look silly. 

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