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4th Floor Files talks with Sean Pittman about end-of-session blues, an antique Mercedes and the City of Gretna

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The latest edition of the 4th Floor Files talks with attorney and lobbyist Sean Pittman, named one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Tallahassee by the Tallahassee Democrat.

In addition to lobbying and his legal practice, Pittman also co-hosts The Usual Suspects, one of North Florida’s and South Georgia’s premier weekly political talk shows.

Here is the file on Sean Pittman:

Significant other? Children? Grandkids?

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 eight 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 House.

Any last-day-of-session traditions?

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

What are you most looking forward to during the 2016 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?

Yes.

Who is your favorite Florida Capitol press corps reporter?

Dara Kam and Mary Ellen Klas.

Other than SaintPetersBlog.com, your reading list includes …

The Sayfie Review and the Fort Report.

What swear word do you use most often?

Dammit, man!

What is your most treasured possession?

Other than Paloma, Pilar, and Phoebe, 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?

Gov. Jeb Bush, Ronald Book, U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, and state Sen. 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 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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