Oxendine granted himself licenses

Insurance commissioner didn't take exams others take

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 In his last full day in office, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine issued himself several licenses to sell insurance and adjust claims, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.

Oxendine did not take the mandated classes or licensing tests, using his authority as insurance commissioner to waive requirements for himself that apply to other Georgians seeking to sell insurance.

State lawmakers accused the former commissioner of an "abuse of power," and his successor said Oxendine used "very, very bad judgment" in granting himself the licenses.

But Oxendine, who left office in January after 16 years, said late last week that he had more than enough experience regulating the industry and helping to write insurance law to qualify for the licenses.

"If 16 years doesn't give you a little bit of insurance experience, I don't know what does," Oxendine told the AJC. "I think that's [worth] a little bit more than taking a test and taking a class.

"The [waiver] law is there. It is at my discretion. Not much to it."

He also said he decided against taking the tests because he worried his presence would be a distraction to other test takers.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/20/11 - 09:30 pm
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Now I am glad he did not

Now I am glad he did not become gov.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/20/11 - 09:36 pm
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It's a good thing he didn't

It's a good thing he didn't head the state Aviation Authority.

raul
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raul 02/20/11 - 09:44 pm
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His actions speak for

His actions speak for themselves.

Pu239
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Pu239 02/20/11 - 10:55 pm
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Badges? I don't need no
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Badges? I don't need no steekin' badges......

seeingmuchclearer
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seeingmuchclearer 02/20/11 - 11:15 pm
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Being someone who has taken

Being someone who has taken the classes and exams for the life/health and variable products exams, I would like to see him pass these exams. Not saying he could not pass them, but to use the excuse that he did not take them because it might be a distraction to other test takers is a joke!

double_standard
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double_standard 02/20/11 - 11:59 pm
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A true republican elitist

A true republican elitist attitude.

nighthawk2010
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nighthawk2010 02/21/11 - 12:00 am
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There goes the AJC picking on

There goes the AJC picking on the Republicans again. lol.

raul
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raul 02/21/11 - 09:00 am
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@double-standard. Not

@double-standard. Not political party.... character.

Indigo
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Indigo 02/21/11 - 09:19 am
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I hope his successor revokes

I hope his successor revokes his status on this. Maybe someone should look at his finances to see if he granted himself any other favors.

Of course, it also makes one wonder how a non-accredited professional can fill the position of oversight.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 02/21/11 - 09:19 am
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Bad judgement coupled with a

Bad judgement coupled with a strong dose of arrogance.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 02/21/11 - 10:05 am
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This guy has always taken

This guy has always taken advantage of his office. Had some issue with use of state cars a few yrs ago. It is why he was blown out in the primary for gov. And he wonders why........

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jones255 02/21/11 - 10:07 am
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NO, we Republicans did not

NO, we Republicans did not want him either. That's why he did not make it past the primaries. Remember, this was the same person that used lights/sirens, so he could make it to his son's game.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 02/21/11 - 11:07 am
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Proud to say I have stood

Proud to say I have stood against this IDGIT since the mid 90's. There are few that would rival him as the biggest fool to ever hold statewide office in Georgia. Ashamed that he was allowed to continue unchallenged and it does NOT speak well for the state GOP.

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 02/21/11 - 04:29 pm
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Good statement, Austin.

Good statement, Austin.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/21/11 - 05:37 pm
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He is in the wrong party;

He is in the wrong party; clearly has the entitlement/self-esteem mindset of a Dim.

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crackerjack 02/21/11 - 08:29 pm
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Yep, Austin he ranks right up

Yep, Austin he ranks right up there with Cynthia McKinney.

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Riverman1 02/21/11 - 08:49 pm
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Who was that poster who used

Who was that poster who used to argue with me so much about how great Oxendine was?

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