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“4th Floor Files” talks to Matt Blair about Walt Disney, claims bills and Duck Dynasty

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The latest installment of the 4th Floor Files features Matt Blair of Corcoran & Johnston. Here’s the file on Matt.

Significant other? Children? Grand kids?

Tracey, married 13 years; Caleb, Abigail and Joshua

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

Counsel and support candidates as they seek election to public office and serve as a strategist, guide and advocate for clients as they navigate the complexities of government at the state and local level. 

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

A social and fiscal conservative whose political philosophy has been shaped by Ronald Reagan’s influence.

If you have one, what is your motto?

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

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

Adam Susser and his parents, Gary & Judy Susser

Three favorite charities.

Idlewild Baptist Church; Metropolitan Ministries; FamilyLife

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

Watching from the gallery; making quick dashes down the stairs to the fourth floor; take-out dinner with our team; driving home to Tampa, regardless of how late session ends

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

Interacting with the many new House and Senate members; spending time with returning members; seeing our clients on a daily basis; successful outcomes for our clients; an on-time sine-die.

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

I’ll take our firm’s client list any day!  We are really proud of our clients and what they do to make our state a better place.

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

Any accomplishment in this process is the result of being part of an exceptional team.  Most proud?  Watching the Legislature pass the Susser claims bill, sponsored by Representative Hasner and Senator Jones, back in 2007.  The Susser family had been through a ton to get to that point and it was very meaningful to be part of getting justice for Adam and his parents.

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

No.  I’m too cheap (perhaps frugal is a better wordJ) and much prefer comfort over brand.

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

Steve Bousquet – A true professional who reports the facts and tells the story without engaging in personal attacks.

Other than, your reading list includes…

Wall Street Journal, Times, Herald, Florida Trend, Fortune, Drudge, Corcoran & Johnston press clips

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

Jeans and a golf shirt

The best hotel in Florida is…

Fontainebleau Miami Beach or wherever with Tracey Blair

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 Marco Rubio, Governor Rick Scott, Commissioner Adam Putnam, Speaker Will Weatherford

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

I watch what my boys’ watch – Gold Rush and Duck Dynasty are currently at the top of their list.

Favorite movie.

The Count of Monte Cristo

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

Silver Slipper was like the fourth floor, off campus.  Now, Masa or Jasmine.

When you pig out, what do you eat?

BBQ at Hungry Harry’s in Land O Lakes, Florida

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

Teddy Roosevelt

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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