“4th Floor Files” talks to Justin Day about AMIkids, Matt Dixon and Old School

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Returning this week are the “4th Floor Files”, a question-and-answer feature that interviews many of the state’s top lobbyists. Each day at 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 Justin Day of The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners. His clients include Associated Industries, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, and the Tampa Port Authority. Here’s the file on Justin:

Significant other? Children? Grandkids?

Elena, no children

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

Educate leaders on the various issues important to our clients, and advocate on their behalf.    

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

Financially frugal and socially moderate.

If you have one, what is your motto?

Keep your head down, work hard, and focus on the task at hand, and good things will happen.

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

Not yet

Three favorite charities.

AMIkids, DeBartolo Family Foundation, Children’s Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

Dinner with my TAG colleagues, and pray we end at a decent hour so I can get back home to Tampa.

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

The challenges that come with successfully representing a diverse group of clients.

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

Nobody. Our firm has such a great group of clients and I thoroughly enjoy working with them every day.

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

Making the successful transition from campaign strategist to lobbyist.

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

I do have one pair that my wife encouraged me to purchase because they were on sale. 

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

While I always enjoy talking with Matt Dixon, I think all of the Capitol reporters do a terrific job.

Other than SaintPetersBlog.com, your reading list includes…

Sayfie Review, Tampa Bay Times, Jacksonville Times Union, Politico, Tampa Tribune

What swear word do you use most often?

I don’t really use swear words often.

What is your most treasured possession?

The health and happiness of my family.

The best hotel in Florida is…

Eden Roc Miami Beach

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?

Bob Graham, Jeb Bush, Charlie Crist, Rick Scott

Favorite movie.

Old School

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

I wasn’t lobbying before the gift ban, so I cannot answer the first part of this question.  Favorite restaurant today would be Clusters and Hops. 

When you pig out, what do you eat?

BBQ and sweet tea

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

John F. Kennedy

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.