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“4th Floor Files” talks to Evan Power about Dale Murphy, Marco Rubio, and Calvin Coolidge

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Today’s installment of “4th Floor Files” features Evan Power of Gomez Barker Associates. His clients include Florida International University Foundation, Miami-Dade County, and South Florida Hospital and Healthcare. Here’s the file on Evan.

Significant other? Children? Grand kids?

No, but my parents still like me so I got that

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

I help people solve problems with their Government and I help others create opportunities that they could not seize without assistance 

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

Fiscal Conservative, and focus on smaller government with more power given to states and local governments because they are closer to the people. 

If you have one, what is your motto?

Life is the sum of the choices that you make 

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

Just was asked to help the American Legion, I couldn’t turn down helping those who served our County

Three favorite charities.

St Jude’s Children Research, Ronald McDonald House, and Hospice groups

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

Staying until the very end, no matter what 

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

Simply ending on time would be perfect 

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

I have a diverse group of clients that keep everyday interesting. No one represents them but I would take the Atlanta Braves any day

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

My time working for Marco Rubio when he was Majority Leader and Speaker Designate

Lobbyists are often accused of wearing Gucci loafers; do you own a pair of Gucci loafers? If not, why not?

Thought about buying some just to be one of the first to say yes, but most of my shoes usually come from Marshalls or  TJ Maxx (my mother always made me a bargain shopper)

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

Marc Caputo, always has been fair to me, and pretty fun just to talk to

Other than, your reading list includes…

Wall Street Journal, Politico, sayfie review, drudge, ESPN, and pretty much anything else I can find

What swear word do you use most often?

Try not to use them, but I end up well rounded

What is your most treasured possession?

Autographed Dale Murphy Jersey (childhood heroes are the best)

The best hotel in Florida is…

The Biltmore

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 Bush, Marco Rubio, Matt Gaetz, and Greg Evers

Favorite movie.

Major League

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

Before the gift ban somehow we always were at the Silver Slipper, the best food now is Cypress

When you pig out, what do you eat?

Ribs, I like cooking them and I like eating them

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

Calvin Coolidge, one of the most underrated Presidents of all time, and the only one who was a member of my Fraternity (Phi Gamma Delta) 

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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