Mike Causey, Republican candidate for North Carolina Insurance Commissioner, took the first step in his campaign today on the steps of the Dare County Courthouse.  Causey chose Dare County to launch his campaign today, he said,

“…to bring focus on the problem of insurance in the coastal counties”

Premiums for household insurance, especially windstorm insurance, have skyrocketed in recent years in eastern North Carolina, worse yet in the coastal counties.  Causey, who ran for the office previously, said he was urged by North Carolina Republican leaders to seek the office this year because of widespread and bipartisan criticism of how the State Office of Insurance has been administered.  Causey intends to visit all of North Carolina’s 100 counties with a particular emphasis on eastern North Carolina.

Top Dem Op at Causey PresserLocal business and party leaders attended Causey’s kickoff news conference.  Dare GOP Chairman Pat Patterson and several party members welcomed Mr. Causey to Dare County.   Tommy Fulcher, a top Democratic Party operative, attended but tried to keep a low profile (can you keep a low profile with a hunter-orange jacket?), insisting that he just happened to be in the area (can you just happen to be driving by the courthouse?).  NC-20 President Willo Kelly and Republican Commissioner candidate Francis D’Ambra were also on hand for the event.  Surprisingly, or not, not a single elected official from the County, or from any town in the County, bothered to attend, including not one of the Republican County Commissioners.   Also missing from the ‘news’ conference was the ‘news’ media.  Not a single reporter from the local  mainstream media (Coastland Times, Sentinel, Outer Banks Voice or Virginian Pilot) attended the campaign announcement.

Watch a video of the announcement

Causey’s website will be launched soon and can be found at http://gocausey.com