“4th Floor Files” talks to Alan Suskey about Reis, The Governors Club and the ‘burg

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Returning this week are the “4th Floor Files,” a question-and-answer format that features many of the state’s top lobbyists. Each day at about 4 p.m. during legislative session, a new ‘file’ is posted on SaintPetersBlog. Each lobbyist is being asked the same general questions, although the questionnaire may be modified going forward. There is no rhyme or reason as to who has been selected to be interviewed. And there is little editing of the responses (even for spelling).

Check out the new repository for the files at 4thFloorFiles.com. And if you are a lobbyist interested in answering the questionnaire, please email me at saintpeter4@gmail.com. 

Today’s edition features Alan Suskey of Capitol Insight. His clients include Centene, the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority, and Walt Disney. Here’s the file on Alan:

Significant other? Children? Grandkids?

Husband to Aelon, father to Reis. 

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

We are a voice for our clients in front of the legislative and executive branches. We help them develop and implement winning strategies.  

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

My political persuasion has been molded by the people who have influenced my professional career the most – Congressman Bill Young, Former Senate President Jim Scott (my uncle), Former Mayor Rick Baker, and former Speaker Dean Cannon. 

If you have one, what is your motto?

Work hard, play hard…at the Lounge

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

Every client is my favorite client. 

Three favorite charities.

Kidz1stFund, Kidz1stFund, Kidz1stFund 

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

Watching the final moments of session with my friends and colleagues at Capitol Insight.  

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

Winning…on every issue. 

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

Dean Cannon’s…oh, wait.  

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

It’s a tie for me. Serving two tours in Iraq alongside the bravest men and women our country has to offer was something I will never forget. Also, having the opportunity to work for and learn from one of the greatest legislators, leaders, and men in Florida’s history, Congressman C.W. Bill Young.  

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

Who do you think I am? Richard Reeves?  

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

Isn’t SaintPetersBlog a member of the Capitol Press Corps??  

Other than SaintPetersBlog.com, your reading list includes…

Politico, St Pete Times (yes, I still call it that), Orlando Sentinel, The Florida Current, Sayfie Review  

What swear word do you use most often?

I have an affinity for a certain four letter “F word” when the times call for it. Especially when asking if someone is particularly stupid.  

What is your most treasured possession?

He isn’t a possession, but I prize him above all else. My best friend and mini-me, Reis  

The best hotel in Florida is…

The Vinoy in the ‘burg, hands down. 

Favorite movie.

Man on Fire  

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

I wasn’t lobbying prior to the gift ban. Now, I am a Governor’s Club guy. The chef’s table with Chef Brian is the best meal in town hands down.  

When you pig out, what do you eat?

Pizza. And lots of it. 

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

Congressman Charlie Wilson 

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.