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‘4th Floor Files’ talks to Joe Mobley about good mullet, growlers and Tally in the big leagues

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The newest chapter of the “4th Floor Files” features lobbyist Joe Mobley, principal at The Fiorentino Group based out of Jacksonville and Tallahassee. Mobley previously served as assistant vice president of legislative affairs at Fidelity National Financial, as well as an aide to former state Rep. and former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carrol.

Significant other? Children? Grand kids?

Wife Kristina Mobley, and three children. Girls, 9 and 7, and a boy, 4.

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

Advocate for incredible clients in both Tallahassee and Northeast Florida. 

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

Like a good mullet, I’m pretty buttoned up on first impression, but also able to let go a bit. 

If you have one, what is your motto?

God, People, Service. 

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

 I’m very proud to work in a firm that supports numerous charitable causes. 

Three favorite charities.

My church, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, Rotary. 

Any last-day-of-session traditions?

I do my best to get back home to Jacksonville. 

What are you most looking forward to during the 2015 legislative session?

The liberation of the 64-oz. growler! I’d also love for it to be the year that consumer choice and innovation prevail over government-enabled incumbents. 

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

Love the lists of Marty Fiorentino, Mark Pinto, and Tom Griffin. 

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

I grew up on the west side of Jacksonville, so every day that I don’t punch a time clock is a blessing. 

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

Uh, do they sell those at Stein Mart?

Who is your favorite Florida Capitol press corps reporter and why?

Dixon, Farrington, and Mitchell. Alphabetized on purpose. 

Other than SaintPetersBlog.com, your reading list includes…

Locally in Jacksonville: Times-Union, Daily Record, Biz Journal. Nationally, I read The Wall Street Journal and Drudge. And of course the Macon Telegraph for the best Georgia Bulldogs coverage. 

What swear word do you use most often?

I probably use the long form of BS too much in Tallahassee, but it is often an appropriate descriptor. 

What is your most treasured possession?

My old Odyssey putter. It has survived several sets of clubs. 

The best hotel in Florida is…

Casa Monica. 

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 and Marco Rubio are pretty obvious choices right now and I’d round it out with Carl Hiaasen and Charlie Crist to ensure awkwardness.  

Favorite movie.

Tie. Shawshank Redemption and Dirty Work. 

When you pig out, what do you eat?

BBQ. Excited to see Tallahassee moving into the big leagues with a 4 Rivers location. 

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

He’s probably only historical to me, but my father. He passed away when I was 5, but was a Vietnam veteran, a state patrolman, pastor, principal, and coach in his short time on earth.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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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