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“4th Floor Files” talks to Foyt Ralston about Brian Pitts, his wife’s great uncle, and Bill Bankhead

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This installment of “4th Floor Files” features Foyt Ralston. Here’s the file on Foyt.

Significant other? Children? Grand kids?

Kellie Ralston, married 17 years this May!  Tip (12), Seth (7) and Etta Grace (2)

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

I help businesses, organizations and individuals resolve issues they have with government and sometimes issues that they have with each other.

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

I am a Free Market, Constitution loving capitalist who has an appreciation for our natural resources and believes in helping those in need.

If you have one, what is your motto?

Just because you have an opinion, does not mean you need to share it.

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

I am privileged to serve on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Leon County Schools.  I am very proud of the work that they do to enrich the lives of school children in our area.

Three favorite charities.

Kairos Prison Ministries, Saint Peter’s Anglican Church and Boy Scouts of America

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

Get home in time to say goodnight to my children.

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

The end!

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

Brian Pitts

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

Getting the section of 441 in Apopka named after my wife’s great uncle, Fred Dunn.  He was an authentic WWII hero and a great man.

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

I do own a pair but tend to favor my Alden’s. 

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

Tough call – respect Gary Finout (even though he wrote something negative about me years ago) and Jim Saunders; both are decent guys and very good journalists. 

Other than, your reading list includes…

Sayfie Review, Florida Times Union and various national news publications.

What swear word do you use most often?

I am an equal opportunity offender.

What is your most treasured possession?

It has to be my Filson upland hunting jacket that I’ve had since college. 

The best hotel in Florida is…

Ritz Carlton Amelia Island – may not be the best but it is my favorite.

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?

Jack Latvala, Sally Bradshaw, Frank Brogan, Ander Crenshaw

Favorite movie.

Shawshank Redemption

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

Not that the gift ban had anything to do with its closing, but I always loved breakfast at Mike’s Café on Monroe St.  Now, Cypress is my favorite; wish they served breakfast.

When you pig out, what do you eat?


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

I would cherish one more dinner with the late Senator and Secretary Bill Bankhead.  To me, he was the embodiment of what a public servant should be.

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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