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“4th Floor Files” talks to Keyna Cory about her godson, her St. John dress and Jackie O

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The latest installment of the 4th Floor Files features Keyna Cory. Here’s the file on Keyna.

Significant other?  

Jack Cory, my husband for 31 years and business partner for 28.


If dogs count we have George and Bear and a foster child – Georgia (again a dog)

Grand kids? 

No but we have a wonderful Godson – Jackson Kottkamp

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

Research issues; educate clients and legislators and then negotiate the appropriate outcome.  Of course at times I am considered a “cat herder” when working coalitions.

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

One who believes that government should help those who cannot provide for themselves and have rules and regulations that protect the environment without hindering growth.

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

Currently – Keep Florida Beautiful

Three favorite charities. 

Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation; Boys & Girls Clubs and Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists Foundation (I am Chair)

Any last-day-of-Session traditions? 

If it ends at a reasonable hour go to Governor’s Club for a good bottle of wine and appetizers.

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

Watching all the new freshmen legislators … we have a diverse group starting their legislative careers and it is very exciting!

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

We are selective about our client list so I am thrilled with the group we have! 

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud? 

Becoming President of Public Affairs Consultants and being able to provide our clients with positive, professional public affairs representation.

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

No Gucci loafers … but I have a Gucci purse.  It was given to me by “T” Allgood, the wife of former Georgia Senator Tom Allgood.  Both were tragically killed in an airplane crash.  I will always cherish it.

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

David Royse – gets both sides of the story; Dara Kam – you know talking with her is going to be fun and Steve Bousquet – I have known him for a really long time!

Other than, your reading list includes…

News Service of Florida and Lobbytools’ The Current

What swear word do you use most often? 

Crap and Holy Crap …

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

My new red St. John Dress and matching coat – bought it on Worth Avenue – it was my birthday, anniversary and Christmas present!

The best hotel in Florida is…

Little Palm Island Resort … only been there once and still saving money so we can go back!

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? 

Senator Lizbeth Benaquisto; Senator Chris Smith; Rep. Steve Precourt and Rep. Perry Thurston – your Majority/Minority Leaders know everything going on!

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

                None of the above … what about The Big Bang Theory for a laugh? 

Favorite movie

“A Fish Called Wanda” – I still laugh every time I watch it!

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

Silver Slipper

What is your favorite today?

Avenue, Shula’s and A La Province

When you pig out, what do you eat?

I love food.  Jack swears I could “dine” three times a day! 

But I have to admit I love pizza.

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

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – would love to hear how she handled all the adversity in her life yet did so with such grace. 

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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