Returning today are the “4th Floor Files”, a question-and-answer feature that interviews many of the state’s top lobbyists. Each day at 4 p.m. during legislative session, a new ‘file’ is posted on SaintPetersBlog. Each lobbyist is being asked the same general questions, although the questionnaire may be modified going forward. There is no rhyme or reason as to who has been selected to be interviewed. And there is little editing of the responses (even for spelling).
Check out the new repository for the files at 4thFloorFiles.com. And if you are a lobbyist interested in answering the questionnaire, please email me at email@example.com.
Today’s edition features John “Mac” Stipanovich of Fowler White Boggs PA. His clients include AT&T, Time Warner, and U.S. Sugar. Here’s the file on Mac:
Significant other? Children? Grand kids?
Married to Mary. Two daughters, Heather (children are Freeman, Marcus, and Daisy) and Kaley (children are Toby and Grayson)
In 25 words or less, explain what you do.
I am paid to help my clients avoid making any of the many mistakes I have made, some more than once.
Without using the words Democrat, Independent or Republican, conservative or liberal, describe your political persuasion.
Balanced skepticism. News from the Times, editorial content from the WSJ, cynicism from experience.
If you have one, what is your motto?
During your career, have you had a favorite pro bono client?
Doesn’t pro bono mean for free? What you talkin’ about, Willis?
Three favorite charities.
I spend everything I make, plus what I borrow, on myself and my family.
Any last-day-of-Session traditions?
Yes. A drink with Mary at home, just like tonight or next Tuesday.
What are you most looking forward to during the 2014 Legislative Session.
If you could have another lobbyist’s client list, it would be…
Brian Ballard’s, so I could hang with Becks and Posh.
Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?
Surviving in the biz for almost 30 years. My mortgage is current, I am not under indictment, and I still have most of the sight in my good eye.
Lobbyists are often accused of wearing Gucci loafers; do you own a pair of Gucci loafers? If not, why not?
No. I am from Williston, where my father (91) still lives, and where any loafers are suspect, much less Eyetalian loafers.
Who is your favorite Florida Capitol Press Corp reporter and why?
Steve Bosquet, because he went to graduate school in his old age. And Mary Ellen Klas because….well, just because.
Other than SaintPetersBlog.com, your reading list includes…
I am currently reading a biography of Oliver Cromwell and trying (with mixed success) to read Le Comte de Monte Cristo en francais. I sometimes steal a look in the direction of Ulysses, which sits reproachfully on my night stand, gathering dust.
What swear word do you use most often?
The usual Saxon four letter gold standards.
What is your most treasured possession?
My boat, the Blind Hog.
The best hotel in Florida is…
You’ve just learned that you will be hosting a morning talk show about Florida politics. Who are the first four guests you’d invite to appear?
Jeb, Charlie Crist, Jack Latvala, and Trey Radel
The Searchers or Lonesome Dove. (I, too, cannot abide a surly bartender.)
Before the ‘gift ban’, what was your favorite restaurant in Tallahassee? What is your favorite today?
The Grill, and the Grill. I am nothing if not a creature of habit, and lazy to boot.
When you pig out, what do you eat?
Peanuts, preferably boiled, but roasted will do.
If you could have dinner with a historical figure no longer living, who would it be?
Eleanor of Acquitaine. Married to the King of France, then the King of England. Apparently, she was all that.