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“4th Floor Files” talks to Fatima Perez about Kristi House, fighting human trafficking, and Jose Marti

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The latest installment of the 4th Floor Files features Fatima Perez of Southern Strategy Group.  Here’s the file on Fatima. 

Significant other? Children? Grand kids?

My parents, my sisters, and immediately family are presently my significant others.

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

I advocate on behalf of my clients with a tireless work ethic and tenacity to accomplish their goals.

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

I apply the principles of common sense and what I believe to be fair, just, and for the greater good.

If you have one, what is your motto?

“Why not?”

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

Yes, Kristi House

Three favorite charities.

The Catholic Church, Kristi House, Veterans of America

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

Wear casual clothes

What are you most looking forward to during the 2014 Legislative Session.

To working with a new firm and new team of professionals to accomplish common goals in a positive atmosphere.

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

Fatima Perez’s client list.

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

My successful pro bono lobbying work in passing legislation that fights against human trafficking.

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

TJ Maxx brand and Marshall’s bargain shoe purchases.

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

No one in particular.  They all do their jobs.

Other than, your reading list includes…

Sayfie Review, The LobbyTools Current, and The Miami Herald.

What swear word do you use most often?


What is your most treasured possession?

My father’s original US Airforce pilot license.

The best hotel in Florida is…

Amelia Island Ritz

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?

Bob Graham, Rep. Rich Workman, Rep. Jeanette Nuñez, and former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz.

Favorite movie.

Kill Bill I & II

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

Mom & Pops Italian Restaurant.

What is your favorite today?

Kool Beanz

When you pig out, what do you eat?


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

Jose Marti

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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