In the Departure Lounge: Michael Sevi, Fred Dudley, Patrick Baskette and Tony Collins

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The first days of Spring saw a flurry of personnel moves in the world of government and politics. Continuing this occasional series, we update you on who’s in the Departure Lounge.

Friday was Michael Sevi’s last day as Director of Cabinet Affairs for Governor Rick Scott. He’s left the public sector for professional services firm Marsh & McLennan. Karl Rasmussen is filling in for Sevi as Gov. Scott’s liaison to Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Turning to the private sector, well-liked veteran lobbyist and former lawmaker Fred Dudley put in his lobbying withdrawal papers last week. Dudley’s son, Chris, tells me that his dad and two other lawyers have started a firm — Dudley, Sellers, & Healy — focusing on construction law and licensing issues.

A name with influence behind it in Tallahassee, Tampa Bay (and beyond) is Patrick Baskette. He’s left powerhouse public affairs firm Mercury. Prior to joining Mercury, Baskette ran his own grassroots and public affairs firm, and previously served as president of Troutman Sanders’ Public Policy Group and as a principal with Dewey Square Group. 

One more personnel move of note in the Tampa Bay area: Tony Collins is no longer with Tucker/Hall, where he was a Senior Vice President. The mercurial, but affable fixer is now splitting time between D.C. and Tampa Bay. 

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.