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4th Floor Files talks to Sean Pittman about compassion, Gretna and the Big Bend Minority Chamber

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Today’s chapter of the “4th Floor Files” talks with attorney and lobbyist Sean Pittman, named one of the Top Twenty-Five Most Influential People in Tallahassee by the Tallahassee Democrat.

In addition to his lobbying and legal practices, Pittman also co-hosts “The Usual Suspects,” one of North Florida’s premier weekly political talk shows. In February, Pittman became Second Vice Chair of the Orange Bowl Committee, a nonprofit sports organization that promotes and serves South Florida.

Significant other? Children? Grand kids?

My wife Audra; we have been married since 2009. We have three beautiful daughters: Paloma, 4, and my twin girls Phoebe and Pilar, 2.

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

I help my clients navigate through Florida’s legislative process, Florida’s political and legal landscape within all levels of government.

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

I would describe myself as being a moderate. I am in the middle of the spectrum on most of my political views.

If you have one, what is your motto?

Attention to detail.

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

My favorite pro bono client is the City of Gretna because it is the only city in Florida that meets all 8 indicators for impoverished communities under federal government criteria, yet has a real opportunity to be positioned to control its own destiny.

Three favorite charities.

Children’s Home Society, Smokey Hollow, and John G. Riley

Any last-day-of-session traditions?

I wear a compassion blue jacket to remind legislators to have compassion towards their power, and more importantly, because everyone else wears pink.

What are you most looking forward to during the 2015 legislative session?

I am looking forward to working with new clients and furthering the interests of our existing client roster.

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

Ronald Book.

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

My biggest professional accomplishment was founding the Big Bend Minority Chamber. It was my sole intention to create an organization that would promote a business climate favorable for minority and women-owned businesses.

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


Who is your favorite Florida Capitol press corps reporter and why?

No favorite. Because unfortunately, they are not interested in my Capitol insight.

Other than, your reading list includes…

The Sayfie Review and the Fort Report.

What swear word do you use most often?

Damnit man!

What is your most treasured possession?

Other than PPP, my three beautiful daughters, it is my 1983 SL 380 antique convertible Mercedes.

The best hotel in Florida is…

The Breakers in Palm 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?

Governor Jeb Bush, Ronald Book, Representative Gwen Graham, and Senator Chris Smith.

Favorite movie.

The Godfather.

When you pig out, what do you eat?

Buffalo wings.

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,,, 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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