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“4th Floor Files” talks to Nick Iarossi about his daughters, Frank Sinatra and the Kentucky Derby

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This installment of the “4th Floor Files” features Nick Iarossi. Nick’s clients include American Insurance Association, the Florida Society of Ophthalmology and the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.

Significant other? Children? Grand kids?

Married to my beautiful bride, Debbie for over 8 years. She has the remarkable ability to put me in my place when needed.  Two wonderful daughters, Kayla (6) and Ella (2).  

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.  

Advocate hard for my clients. Always make sure their side of the story is known to protect their interests. When all else fails…beg. 

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

I believe government is not the solution to all problems.  However, government should help those who can’t help themselves, protect its citizens, incentivize hard work, innovation, and creativity.  Most of all, government should live within its means. 

If you have one, what is your motto?

I’ve always liked this quote about resting on your laurels, I keep it in my office. Frank Sinatra said it, “When you think you’re coasting…that’s when you’re going downhill.” Always reminds me to stay motivated and work hard.

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

I like to help spread the message about funding for Billy Joe Rish Park, an accessible beach environment for those living with disabilities, their families, guardians and caregivers.  Great place.

Three favorite charities.

March of Dimes (my daughter Ella was premature), Disability Mentoring Day program, and Florida State University Social Scholars Program. 

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?  

Last three years my wife and I left in the middle of the night after Session for the Kentucky Derby. Like to keep that one going. It’s a great event and fun for us to spend time together after a long Session. 

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

Working with and getting to know all the newly elected Senators and House members.  There are a lot of new faces and perspectives. Makes the job challenging and interesting. 

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

I’m very happy with Capital City Consulting’s client list.  Just want to continue keeping the clients we have happy through great service and results. 

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

Very proud to be one of the founding members of Capital City Consulting along with my partners, Gerald Wester, Pat O’Connell and Ron LaFace. Watching the firm grow is a great source of pride. 

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

I do own one pair, however, I have an unhealthy obsession with Ferragamo. That’s where my shoe loyalties lie. 

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

I find the entire Capitol Press Corp to be professional and fair.  We are one of the lucky states to have a Capitol Press Corp. 

Other than SaintPetersBlog.com, your reading list includes…

Sayfie Review, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Tallahassee Democrat

What swear word do you use most often?

I don’t have a favorite.  Need to stop using all of them as much as I do…

What is your most treasured possession?

I have two.  A watch my parents gave me for graduating law school and a pair of cufflinks that belonged to my grandfather.  I wear them when I need a little luck.

The best hotel in Florida is…

The Breakers, been modernized but retained its old world charm.

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?

I think if you mix Governor Rick Scott, Cong. Debbie Wasserman Shultz, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Governor Jeb Bush.

Favorite movie.

I have many favorites, but I really like “For Love of the Game”.  Mixes all the things I like: baseball, love, priorities and perseverance.

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

Before the gift ban Silver Slipper was a happening spot.  Now I really like Sage and Cypress.

When you pig out, what do you eat?

No brainer for me…vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookies.  Lots of them.

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

Think I gotta go with Jesus on this one.  Regardless of your religious affiliation, he’s probably the most impactful historical figure in the history of the world.

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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