“4th Floor Files” talks to Jim Magill about Caitlin, Gov. Martinez, and Lucy Morgan

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Today’s edition of “4th Floor Files” features features Jim Magill of Fowler White Boggs PA. His clients include Florida Recyclers Association, Time Warner, Inc., and United States Sugar Corporation. Here’s the file on Jim:

Significant other? Children? Grand kids?

Blessed to be with Caitlin Murray. Three kids – J.P. and Mary Bradley (8) and Alden (S)

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

Learn what and how the client does what they do. Translate that into the way government speaks. Ultimately get what the client needs.

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

To each his own while government spends the least that it needs.

If you have one, what is your motto?

Work hard play hard.

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

USF Alumni Association

Three favorite charities.

United Way, and USF Alumni Association.

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

I wear a bright green pair of pants with whales embroidered on them because by that point, I am having a “whale of a good time…”

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

Cinco de Mayo

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

Blessed with the great list that we have.

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

Toss up between serving as Legislative Director to Governor Jeb Bush and Director of Senate Campaigns at the RPOF when the Republicans gained the majority in 1994.

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

Cole Hahn with Nike soles …perfect for the Capitol craziness.

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

Lucy Morgan, because she taught me a great deal about the process and she appreciated that I never lost her luggage during the 1990 Governor Bob Martinez re-elect campaign.

Other than SaintPetersBlog.com, your reading list includes …

Excellence (Porsche Magazine) and Jayski.com (NASCAR Blog)

What swear word do you use most often?

So many, so little time.

What is your most treasured possession?

My photos, great memories, many with darker hair ….

The best hotel in Florida is …

The Mandarin in Miami

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?

Mac Stipanovich, Lucy Morgan,  Ralph Haben and David Johnson

Favorite movie.

Smokey and the Bandit

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

The Silver Slipper then and the Governor’s Club today.

When you pig out, what do you eat?

Ribeye and lobster

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

Winston Churchill

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.