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“4th Floor Files” talks to Chris Dudley about Florida authors, his Hermes watch and why he tries not to curse

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This installment of the “4th Floor Files” features Southern Strategies Group’s managing partner Chris Dudley. Here’s the file on Chris.

Significant other? Children? Grand kids?

Susanne and two boys – Colgan and Levi

In 25 words or less, explain what you do. 

I advocate for the best interests of my clients and help them navigate the legislative and regulatory process of state government.

Without using the words Democrat, Independent or Republican, conservative or liberal, describe your political persuasion.

We live in the greatest country in the world and in the greatest state in the country. I believe government has a vital role to play in society.  But, a smaller government that recognizes and rewards success is the best.

During your career, have you had a favorite pro bono client?

Florida Network of Youth and Family Services which oversees the state’s runaway shelters and provides services to families and children in need. I currently sit on the board of directors.

Three favorite charities.

The Masonic Lodge, the United Way and Maclay School

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

Remembering some great friends in the legislative process who have passed.   And, sitting in the gallery until the very end.

What are you most looking forward to during the 2013 Legislative Session.

Working with and getting to know the many new members of the House and Senate.

If you could have another lobbyist’s client list, it would be… 

I couldn’t ask or want for better clients than ours at SSG.

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

Becoming managing partner at SSG and helping to grow our company across the country.

Lobbyists are often accused of wearing Gucci loafers; do you own a pair of Gucci loafers?

If not, why not? I do not.  I wear Allen Edmonds – comfort over fashion. 

Who is your favorite Florida Capitol Press Corp reporter and why?

Lucy Morgan – your heart always beats a little quicker when she is calling you.

Other than, your reading list includes…

Florida Authors – Randy Wayne White is my favorite, but I love Carl Hiassan, John MacDonald, and Tim Dorsey.

What swear word do you use most often? 

None now that my three-year old repeats everything I say.

What is your absolute favorite item of clothing in your closet? Give us the fabric, the brand, the store and the price if possible.

A vintage Hermes watch my wife bought for me at a second-hand store in New York City.

The best hotel in Florida is…

Gasparilla Inn (Boca Grande)

Homeland, Mad Men, The Walking Dead … which one do you watch, which one do you DVR and which one do you skip?

We watch only two channels in my home – anything on ESPN or anything on Disney Junior.

Favorite movie.

Shawshank Redemption.

Before the ‘gift ban’, what was your favorite restaurant in Tallahassee? What is your favorite today?

My favorites today are the Governor’s Club and Sage.

When you pig out, what do you eat?

Pizza and Pasta.  And lots of red wine (with my brother when possible).

If you could have dinner with a historical figure no longer living, who would it be?

Ronald Reagan

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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