WLOX, 9/18/7

The two men running for Mississippi insurance commissioner say encouraging competition is the key to reducing rate payers’ costs as the state continues its recovery from Hurricane Katrina. But that’s about where the candidates’ similarities end.

“Only crazy folks would carve something in stone and not change their mind if the facts change,” Chaney said.

Chaney also said Anderson was part of an administration that left Mississippi in a financial mess. Anderson was state fiscal officer under Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove from 2000 to 2003. Chaney said when Musgrove left office, Mississippi was “$700 million overdrawn in the state budget.”

Anderson said Chaney was “being a little disingenuous” about the role legislators played in setting the budget. The state fiscal officer is one of five experts who make recommendations to legislators about what dollar figure they should use as the basis for writing a state budget each year.