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“4th Floor Files” talks to Jim Daughton about building a business, Mary Ellen Klas and bad spy novels

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This installment of the “4th Floor Files” features Jim Daughton of Metz, Huband and Daughton. His clients include American Express, the Florida Bar, and Siemens. Here’s the file on Jim.

Significant other? Children? Grand kids? 

My wife is Maureen, and I have 2 children; Connor 17 and Will 12

In 25 words or less, explain what you do. 

I am a government problem solver for businesses and professionals that are regulated or impacted by state government.

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


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

Florida Association of Women Lawyers

Three favorite charities. 

American Lung Association; Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend; Second Harvest Food Bank

Any last-day-of-Session traditions? 

No partying.  Home with family, whatever time that is.

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

Senate Floor debate on days 58-60.

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

Steve Metz

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud? 

Building a business with people I like to spend time with and who are very smart.

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

No Guccis.  I need a softer cushion for the marble floors of the Capitol.

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

Mary Ellen Klas.  She writes about issues that others don’t.

Other than, your reading list includes…

Bad spy novels, murder mysteries, historical fiction.

What swear word do you use most often? 


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

Casual – Levi’s Jeans from JC Penny, $25; Business – Canali and Aaron Gober make great suits.

The best hotel in Florida is…

Ritz, Coral Gables

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, Dean Cannon, Buddy MacKay, Lucy Morgan

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

Watch – Homeland; DRV – Mad Men; Skip – Walking Dead

Favorite movie. 

Big Jake

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

Albert’s Provence                

What is your favorite today?  Bella Bella

When you pig out, what do you eat? 

Oysters at Barnacle Bills or The Shell

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

Pope John Paul, II

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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