I was shocked to hear Ernie Csiszar abruptly announce his resignation as president of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. The move capped a wild week, coming shortly after PCI reversed course and pulled out of ProtectingAmerica.org–the Allstate-backed group pushing for a federal mega-catastrophe fund, which PCI had only recently joined with much fanfare.

With everyone directly involved clamming up on Ernie's motivations, I speculated on my blog (www.property-casualty.com) that he most likely got caught in the crossfire between two of PCI's biggest members over the group's position on catastrophe coverage.

As I noted in my Sept. 11 column–"An Industry Divided"–PCI was in a tough spot because Liberty Mutual and Allstate were on opposite sides over what role, if any, Uncle Sam should play in disaster reinsurance. Once Ernie took PCI into the lobbying group backed by Allstate, I figured he had become dead man walking.

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