Hell hath no fury like a U.S. Senator scorned! That’s the message insurers heard loud and clear when they learned that Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss.–who just happens to be suing his homeowners insurer–had skillfully slipped language into next year’s appropriations bill for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requiring the agency to investigate the industry’s conduct in handling Hurricane Katrina claims.

To his credit, Sen. Lott doesn’t make any bones about being objective on this subject. “I don’t profess to be impartial,” he told The New York Times. But while he takes the denial of his claim by State Farm Fire & Casualty very personally, he insisted he is not acting purely out of self-interest.

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