Dale's campaign burdened by Katrina, Democrats flap

Hurricane Katrina has nearly knocked the

wind out of George Dale's re-election campaign for Mississippi

insurance commissioner.

It's a job he's held for 32 years, making him the

longest-serving state insurance commissioner in the nation.

But he's been crisscrossing the state for weeks, trying to win

support in what's proven to be his toughest race.

His challenges include a strong opponent in the August 7th

Democratic Primary and a bitter dispute with Democrats over his

loyalty to the party.

But his biggest albatross may be an advertising campaign

financed by attorneys who represent policyholders in lawsuits

against the insurance industry over rejected Hurricane Katrina


Dale says had his first election been so -- quoting here --

"different" he might never have run again.