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“4th Floor Files” talks to Sebastian Aleksander about firefighters, his Dachshunds and Randy Nielsen

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The latest installment of the 4th Floor Files features Sebastian Aleksander. His clients include Palm Beach County Firefighters, Novomatic (Austrian Gaming Industries), and Yahoo. Here’s the file on Sebastian.

Significant other? Children? Grand kids?

My wonderful wife Deborah, married seven years  and son Sebastian Jr. who just turned six. We also have two Dachshunds who are convinced they are human. 

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

Fight hard, advocate, and deliver for my clients.

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

Healthy distrust of big government and living within our means. 

Three favorite charities.

Wounded Warrior Project, Stand Up To Cancer and ASPCA. 

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

Head down to the Keys with my family.  

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

Working with and getting to know new Members and their staff. 

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

I am very happy with my list and look forward to continue delivering for my clients.

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

Other than forming a successful business, everything I’ve done for the Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of Palm Beach County.  It is an honor to work for those who save lives daily, often at a great personal cost. I’ve witnessed people across all age groups come up to firemen and tell them they wouldn’t be standing there had it not been for them. It is always a humbling experience. 

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

I do own a pair, but it’s not something I’d wear north of Palm Beach.  

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

FL Capitol Press Corp has outstanding reporters, so it is very difficult to name just one.  I do enjoy reading Marc Caputo’s stories though.

Other than, your reading list includes…

WSJ, The Economist and Drudge Report daily. 

What swear word do you use most often?

Too many favorites but I try not to use swear words too often. 

The best hotel in Florida is…

The Biltmore.  I love Miami and Coral Gables is a wonderful place. 

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 Senator Marco Rubio, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz, State Attorney Dave Aronberg and Randy Nielsen would make a terrific show.

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

My TV viewing is confined to Squawk Box in the AM, Sports Center and occasional Pawn Stars. 

Favorite movie.

Too many to name, but Charlie Wilson’s War is definitely one of my favorites. If you’re into classics the original All the King’s Men is also worth watching. 

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

I’ve never had a ‘favorite’ one in Tallahassee, but I have always enjoyed Echo and the River House in Palm Beach. 

When you pig out, what do you eat?

LaSpada’s.  If you grew up in Fort Lauderdale you know what I’m what talking about.

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

Ronald Reagan.  He was by far one of the most influential statesmen of the 20thcentury.  My family fled communism in their native Poland at the height of the Cold War and President Reagan was revered in our house.   It is difficult to convey to someone who was blessed to live in t

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