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“4th Floor Files” talks to Jeff Johnston about Eric Brody and why he's partial to Steve Bousquet

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The latest installment of the 4th Floor Files features Jeff Johnston of Corcoran and Johnston. His clients include Florida Crystals Corporation, HCA Healthcare and TECO. Here’s the file on Jeff.

Significant other? Children? Grand kids?

My beautiful wife Cristina and my two angels (daughters) Juliana and Jasmine.

In 25 words or less, explain what you do. 

We specialize in government relations and campaign strategies and advocate for and represent our clients interests before the government.

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

I want Government to do and be where it should, in the most efficient way possible.  In my opinion, that’s less in our lives and businesses. 

If you have one, what is your motto? 

Nothing hurts as much as you think it will.

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

Claims bill for Eric Brody.  This was a terrible case and we are thrilled to have resolved this dispute for Eric.

Three favorite charities.

Donate Life America, American Diabetes Association.

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

We stay to the very end.

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

Looking forward to being successful for our clients.

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

Love our clients – wouldn’t trade any.

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud? 

Joining our firm and becoming partner.

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

If not, why not?  Do not – I’m just not that stylish.  Are sneakers appropriate in the Capitol yet?

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

They are all very good.  I’m a little partial to Steve Bousquet since he is a fellow hoops player.

Other than, your reading list includes…

Tampa Bay Times, Corcoran & Johnston daily news clips, other state papers, ESPN news.

What swear word do you use most often?

I’m an equal swear word offender.  I need to work on this.

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

Any of my cotton t-shirts.

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?

Marco Rubio, Will Weatherford, Jeb Bush, Rick Scott

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

Watch the Walking Dead, I would DVR the others if I had time for the others- heard they are real good.

Favorite movie. Just one?


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

It’s Jasmine’s now.

When you pig out, what do you eat? 


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

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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