Kirk Pepper is not a household name. Not yet at least.
Pepper is not one of those campaign operatives quoted by political reporters bumping up against a deadline. He doesn’t make keynote speeches at summer retreats convened at swanky, seaside resorts.
Yet, despite his lack of stardom, or perhaps because of it, Pepper is sort of the Forrest Gump of the last decade of Florida politics. He’s been an eyewitness, in some cases literally, to many of the biggest political stories of the last decade.
He was there for the rise and fall of Florida GOP chair Jim Greer. He was a key player in the 2010 gubernatorial race. He was a senior adviser to House Speaker Dean Cannon. He was captain of Chris Dorworth’s ship before it ran aground in November 2012.
And, because of his unending sense of loyalty, which led him to funnel information about the redistricting process to one of his consultant-friends, Pepper’s testimony is pretty much the smoking gun in the ongoing trial over the constitutionality of the reapportionment of Florida’s congressional districts.
In other words, Kirk has seen it all in recent year.
Today is an important day for my good friend, Mr. Pepper. Yesterday marked the two-year anniversary of him leaving the employ of the Florida House of Representatives. Although Kirk has been free to advocate before the Executive Branch since joining the all-star lobbying team at Capitol Insight, he has not been permitted to lobby his multitude of friends in the Florida Legislature.
That ban ended yesterday. Today, Kirk Pepper can file to represent Capitol Insight’s ever-increasing list of clients before the Florida House and Senate.
Today truly is a joyous day.
Today is Kirk Pepper Day.