"[Ricardo Lara] doesn’t deserve a new term. Scandal has dogged him from his days in the Legislature, and he’s only become more synonymous with it while serving in a role requiring ethical stewardship to ensure insurance companies treat all Californians fairly...Levine vows to be an ‘activist insurance commissioner who will stand up against the insurance companies on behalf of Californians to ensure that everyone has access to better, more comprehensive insurance options’...We believe it’s time for new leadership – ethical leadership — in that office.”
"[Ricardo Lara has] an astonishing series of ethical face-plants that, in and of themselves, should disqualify him from reelection...[Levine is] a promising alternative...well versed in many of the issues he would grapple with if elected…Levine has a record of pushing difficult legislation to require transparency...a principle that could help restore confidence in the Insurance Department and give consumers more leverage...[Levine has] a shot at restoring this office to its noble purpose."
Why I’m running for California Insurance Commissioner
“The Insurance Commissioner is supposed to stand up to the insurance industry on behalf of you. Not the other way around. And when that trust is broken, it hurts everyone. During my decade in the State Legislature, I’ve taken on corporate special interests – from the insurance industry, to Big Oil, healthcare companies, and the NRA – and won. As Insurance Commissioner, I’ll fight corruption, hold insurance companies accountable, and ensure all Californians have access to affordable coverage.” — Marc Levine