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“4th Floor Files” talks to Susan Glickman about Albert Einstein, being a ‘fairy Godmother’, and Dress for Success

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The latest installment of the 4th Floor Files features public interest advocate Susan Glickman.

Significant other? Newly single ISO Twin Flame 

Children? Grand kids? Highly decorated Fairy Godmother

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

I’m a public interest advocate for policies saving energy, advancing renewables, local jobs and an efficient economy to protect public health and our natural environment.

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

I’m transpartisan. Both political parties are addicted to special interest money. Citizens have little real influence in the process. I strive for creative and real solutions to the complex problems of today.

If you have one, what is your motto?

I borrowed my motto from Albert Einstein: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

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

My favorite pro bono work has been to commercialize a game-changing clean water technology company Ferrate Treatment Technologies during the last 6 years. With on-site manufacturing, Orlando based FTT reduced the cost of ferrate by 90% so it’s available for commercial use for the first time. You will see big things with this technology.

Three favorite charities.

Dress for Success Tallahassee gets women prepared for jobs. My friend Cynthia Henderson is on the board. Kiva is cool. It’s is an online organization that allows you to keep lending your money over and over with micro-grants all over the world. I also support Religious Community Services providing food, shelter and services to the homeless and needy in Pinellas County.

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

On the last night of session, there’s always going to be a stop at Clyde’s and the Governor’s Club. If they Sine Die early, the party on Adams Street is a blast. Like the last day of school!

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

I look forward to a breakthrough year in energy given the public’s newfound attention to the skyrocketing costs of new nuclear reactors. Conversely, the $250K evaluation of the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act found that efficiency continues to be in the public’s interest and a “least cost” planning process will help get better outcomes.

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

Doing public interest work is somewhat unique so most lobbyist’s client lists wouldn’t interest me, but I must say that my dear friend Louis Betz always looks so calm, cool and collected.

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

I’m most proud of working across party lines with Cuban members of Miami-Dade’s delegation opposing a judicial nomination for a lifetime appointment to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Equally proud to have worked successfully to give the FDA authority to regulate tobacco; helped to develop a nationwide system of tracking chronic illness and fought back a proposal to lift the ban on near-shore oil and gas drilling off Florida’s coasts.

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

I think Gucci loafers are more of a stereotype for male lobbyists. I’ve got lots of great shoes and boots I promise but no Guccis. I do have a pair of Gucci sunglasses however.

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

Mary Ellen Klas for her tenacity and sharp attention to detail. Bruce Ritchie for pursuing his passion to report on the environment. Rick Flagg for being an original and I must include Trimmel Gomes and Troy Kinsey because they’re fun to hang out with. And while not officially in the Capitol Press Corp, cheers to Ivan Penn of the Tampa Bay Times who is certainly shaking up the Capitol on energy issues.

Other than, your reading list includes…

Tampa Bay Times, Sayfie Review, New York Times, Architectural Digest

What swear word do you use most often?

As a proud graduate of the Academy of the Holy Names – an all-girl Catholic prep school in Tampa – I couldn’t possibly share that with you. Oops! I meant to say I don’t use swear words.

What is your most treasured possession?

I have my father’s bass fiddle in my living room. My dad – may he rest in peace – played his way through dental school. Growing up, there was always music in my house so more than the bass itself, what I treasure is the gift of music it represents.

The best hotel in Florida is…

A gulf front home at Sarah’s Seaside in Indian Rocks Beach. Doesn’t get much better than that sunset although I do love being spoiled at luxurious Florida hotels like The Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island, The Loews in South Beach, The Vinoy in St. Petersburg or 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?

Adam Putnam, Jack Latvala, Will Weatherford and Steve Crisafulli

Favorite movie.

Lost in America and most everything Albert Brooks does.

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

Not a restaurant but the best pre-ban venue was Studebakers. Everyone went dancing there. It was located where Olive Garden is on Apalachee Parkway. I did love the Silver Slipper with its decadent feel but when I think pre-gift ban, events like the Legislative Trail Ride come to mind. That’s what I miss the most.

As for Tallahassee dining, no one favorite. Andrew’s tomato basil pistachio soup is incredible; Governor’s Club for Caesar salad. Falafel at Avenue. Crispy Ravioli at Shula’s. Cabo’s Sunday brunch. Love the atmosphere at Front Porch. New fave is Tan’s Asian Café next to Esposito’s on Capitol Circle. No ambiance but great food. And of course, Family Dinner at Azu’s (aka The Ho) and Little Italy with Bob Levy

When you pig out, what do you eat?

Momo’s Pizza.

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

Mahatma Ghandi. The selflessness, determination and quiet courage he demonstrated was inspiring. 

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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