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“4th Floor Files” talks to Floridian Partners’ Charlie Dudley about Jim King, Dave Royse and Don Reed

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Editor’s note: Launching today is the “4th Floor Files”, a new question-and-answer feature that interviews many of the state’s top lobbyists. Each day at 4 p.m. a new ‘file’ will be posted. Each lobbyist is being asked the same general questions, although the questionnaire may be modified going forward. There is no rhyme or reason as to who has been selected to be interviewed. And there will be very little editing of the responses (even for spelling).

Suggestions for new questions and/or possible interviewees are welcomed.

The debut installment of the “4th Floor Files” features lobbyist Charlie Dudley of Floridian Partners, LLC. Dudley’s clients include Allstate, the Florida Hospital Association, Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Las Vegas Sands. Here’s the file on Dudley: 

Significant other? Children? Grand kids? 

Alison, married 17 years; Chas 14 and Emily 10 

In 25 words or less, explain what you do. 

I am an attorney who grew up in politics and went to law school with a plan to be a lawyer-lobbyist.    While I have political campaign background/skills (ie., relationships), my strength is combining that with legal/subject matter knowledge; managing issues/teams of professionals; and strategic planning/execution.

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

I am a fiscal conservative, but a social moderate.

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

Pete Dunbar and I have a book on Homeowners Associations and we handle questions from readers all the time

Three favorite charities. 

I would say – “non-profits” – my kids school – Maclay; my son’s AAU basketball program – GameSpeed National AAU;  and, Seminole Boosters would be my top 3.

Any last-day-of-Session traditions? 

Always wear stuff to remember good friends who are no longer with us – especially an “8” pin for Jim King

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

The endgames

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

Mine, love Floridian Partners and our clients

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud? 

Formation, development and management of Floridian Partners – quite the collection of professionals

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

Yes – cream colored, gold bit – probably more fashionable when we are using our Jupiter Island Condo

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

Dave Royse – balanced.   Really like all of them – have known Lucy Morgan since the ‘80s.

Other than SaintPetersBlog.com, your reading list includes…

capitaldatelineonline.com;  sayfiereview.com; WSJ every day

What is your absolute favorite item of clothing in your closet? Give us the fabric, the brand, the store and the price if possible. 

Everything in Alison Dudley’s closet…

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 wouldn’t host – I would leave that to my client Steve Wilkerson and my partner Ana Cruz.

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

Watch Mad Men when I can – not really the others and don’t DVR anything

Favorite movie.

Tough to pick one….

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

Silver Slipper – history, staff and private rooms.  Today, its Cypress.

When you pig out, what do you eat?

Steak and red wine, lots of red wine

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

Tie.  It would be Jim King every night I could – miss him dearly.  Too many afternoons and evenings with Jim, Gus, Sarah and others.  The other is Don Reed, one of my earliest mentors, House Repub leader in the 70s – smart, funny, worked bi-partisan; and could draft amendments at 2 am that were 2 sentences and solved incredibly complex problems.   

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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