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“4th Floor Files” talks to Tim Stapleton about CCE's, Bobby Knight and Chicago-style deep dish pizza

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The latest installment of the 4th Floor Files features Tim Stapleton, the Executive Vice President and CEO of the Florida Medical Association. Here’s the file on Tim.

Significant other? Children? Grand kids? 

I have been married to Hillary for 16 years.  We have one child, a very handsome 3 year old boy named Nicholas.

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

I am the CEO of the Florida Medical Association (FMA), a membership organization which represents over 20,000 physicians and medical students.

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

My political views are shaped by what kind of world I want my son to live in. 

If you have one, what is your motto?

Treat people the way you want to be treated because what goes around, comes around.

Three favorite charities.

Adoption is near and dear to my heart, so I support several organizations that promote and support adoption services.

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

I am usually exhausted by the end of session, so I like to go home and celebrate by having a glass of red wine with my wife.

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

I am really excited to see Senate President Gaetz and Speaker Weatherford take on ethics reform and the CCE issue.  I think this is very important to restoring trust in our system of government.

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

I am privileged to work exclusively for physicians and have never wanted to represent anyone else.

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

Keeping the FMA at the forefront of health care policy in our state. 

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

I’m not a loafer guy, more of an Allen Edmonds fan. 

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

My favorite reporters are the ones that are nicest to FMA Vice President of Communications, Erin VanSickle. 

Other than, your reading list includes…

I read Politico Pro (health care edition) every morning to keep up with the latest in the world of health care.  I am an Indiana University basketball fanatic, so I follow several websites that cover my beloved Hoosiers.  I also read the Wall Street Journal every day.

What swear word do you use most often?

I try not to swear, especially around my 3 year old son, but the F-bomb does get dropped every now and then.  I grew up following Indiana basketball and Coach Bobby Knight, so I thought that was a perfectly normal way to communicate. 

What is your most treasured possession?

My college diploma.  It reminds me of the sacrifice my parents made to send me and my sister to college. 

The best hotel in Florida is…

The Breakers

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 would like to host of panel of political strategists from both sides of the aisle  – Rich Heffley, Marc Reichelderfer, Dylan Sumner, and Steve Vancore.

Favorite movie.

My top five movies, in no particular order are:  Goodfellas, Hoosiers, Breaking Away, The Godfather II, and Wall Street.

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

My favorite today is Avenue.

When you pig out, what do you eat?

Chicago-style deep dish pizza.  There is a place in Chicago called Lou Malnati’s and they ship authentic Chicago pizza all over the country.

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

I lived in Springfield, Illinois for a few years, the hometown of Abraham Lincoln, so Lincoln has always been a fascinating historical figure to me.

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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