Morgan runs for state insurance chief

Posted February 28, 2012

Former House co-Speaker Richard Morgan, R-Moore, has filed to run for Insurance Commissioner in 2012.

Morgan served as co-speaker in the 2003-04 session with disgraced former Democratic Speaker Jim Black. The unprecedented arrangement was the result of a deal that angered many conservative House Republicans. Targeted for a primary in 2006, Morgan lost his seat to Rep. Joe Boylan, who was in turn unseated in 2008.

Morgan ran for state schools chief in 2008, but lost to incumbent Democrat June Atkinson.

"It's time for me to re-enter political life," Morgan said this morning, noting that he has run for Commissioner of Insurance before. That was in 1984, and he lost the race to Jim Long, the mentor of Democratic incumbent Wayne Goodwin.

"There were a lot more Democrats then," Morgan pointed out.

In the May primary, Morgan will face Mike Causey, the GOP nominee for the office in 1996 and 2000. Another Republican, James McCall, has said he's running but has not yet filed the paperwork.

Goodwin faces no primary challenger on the Democratic side. 

The filing deadline is noon Wednesday.   


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  • anonemoose Feb 28, 2012

    It's stories like this that reminds me why I changed my affiliation from Repub to Independent. The bad part is that the Repub party doesn't care that thousands have joined me.

  • dukecaniac Feb 28, 2012

    Cwood the man is a Republican, did you bother to read the article?

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 28, 2012

    Got watch and see who else is running, hopefully it'll be somebody that more trustworthy.

  • cwood3 Feb 28, 2012

    AMEN-wildpig-just another hack who has not figured out that the DemocRATic barn is on fire from constant abuse! The people have said no-you just did not hear their response!!

  • wildpig777 Feb 28, 2012

    Unfit for office as witnessed by the title of co-speaker... just another political hack seeking a career of politics-- just say no an dont vote for him.