WA Insurance Comm Kreidler urged to resign after abuse allegation
Normally, the office of the insurance commissioner in a state is like the secretary of state. A quiet and sloppy job. But not in WA.
Insurance commissioner Kreidler urged to resign after staff allegations
Mike Kreidler has held the position for nearly two decades in WA, he was re-elected in 2020 by a wide margin, but that was before he became controversially politically “active”.
Recently, allegations of abuse have surfaced from current and former employees, who claim that Kreidler “had engaged in a pattern of abusive behavior. One former employee claimed Kreidler’s office was in ‘disarray,’ while another spoke of ‘many instances of bad behavior.'” (Northwest News ).
Kreidler has gone from being known as a tough opponent of insurance companies to someone who may have overstepped his bounds when it comes to political activism.
Kreidler, who is NOT a licensed insurance agent (several Mid-Columbia agents told us so) is behind the controversial attempt to ban credit-based insurance rating.
For decades, study after study has shown that insurance customers who have good credit, better-paying jobs, are financially responsible, and have no criminal records are far less likely to file claims. This system usually saves a lot of money for responsible people, especially drivers. Kreidler demanded that “safer” and more financially stable drivers should offset the higher costs of low-income, high-risk motorists as part of his crusade for social justice.
Kreidler has joined the social justice movement for the past 18 months.
However, Kreidler, perhaps at the behest of Governor Inslee over the past 18 months, decided that credit-based scoring was discriminatory and racist. His attempt to have the practice banned ended badly for him when a judge overturned his ban – which was enacted without the approval of voters or lawmakers.
Kreidler has also taken positions that, from his position as insurance commissioner, have little interest in commenting on or trying to influence policy.
Now he’s in hot water again. According to MyNorthwest.com and Northwest News Network, one former worker said of his treatment of subordinates:
“I’m talking about meanness, deliberately putting people down in public to humiliate them, not letting go of the past…”
Kreidler issued a statement of apology, but Republicans called on him to resign even last year after he compared Texas Republicans to the Taliban for passing a restrictive abortion law.
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