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4th Floor Files talks with Skylar Zander about mimosas, iPhones and educational choice

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Rising star Skylar Zander is the Deputy State Director for Americans for Prosperity.

Here’s the file on Skylar Zander:



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

I believe every kid has the right to a good quality education, lower taxes, and less government.

If you have one, what is your motto?

Everyone has a plan until they are punched in the face.

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

I helped the small town I’m from get a grant to refurbish a historical fire truck from the 1800s.

Three favorite charities.

Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Susan G. Komen race for the cure, and AMIkids.

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

Ending the night at the Governor’s club and enjoying mimosas the next morning.

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

I am most looking forward to the opportunity to fight for kids’ and parents’ choice in education.

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

Outside of our firm, I would love to have the client list of Chris Dudley or Electra Bustel.

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

Being part of a great team at Strategos Group.

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

I do not own a pair of Gucci loafers, however I do have a great pair made by Cole Haan that I wear with no socks.

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

Outside of my favorite reporter Peter Schorsch, I would have to say Steve Bousquet with the Tampa Bay Times.

Other than, your reading list includes…

My reading list includes Sayfie Review, Tampa Bay Times and the Clay County Neighbor To Neighbor.

What swear word do you use most often?

The “F” word, for sure.

What is your most treasured possession?

My iPhone.

The best hotel in Florida is …

The best hotels in Florida are the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and Gaylord Palms.

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 say Jeb Bush, Paul Bradshaw, Jim Horne, and David Johnson.

Favorite movie.

The Shawshank Redemption and The Campaign.

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

Wasn’t the “gift ban” ages ago? I think I am too young to know what the gift ban was like today I would say my favorite restaurant Marie Livingston’s Steakhouse.

When you pig out, what do you eat?

If I am traveling, I love a Wendy’s cheeseburger. If I am at home, it’s country fried steak, green beans, and mashed potatoes.

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

Abraham Lincoln.

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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