A SWEET TOOTH COMBINES WITH A PENCHANT FOR LEGAL THRILLERS AND THE PROCESS
Significant other? Children? Divorced with three children. One daughter and two sons. Grandchildren? Two girls. In 25 words or less, explain what you do. I represent both public and private sector clients before the Florida Legislature. This means I’m involved in all aspects of helping an idea become law, and explaining to lawmakers why a bill is important and the changes that we hope to bring about. And sometimes, it means sounding the alarm on legislation that would be harmful, and testifying as to why it needs to be defeated. Without using the words Democrat, Independent or Republican, conservative or liberal, describe your political persuasion. I think I represent the average American. I want the party or the candidate that remembers where they came from, that doesn’t play favorites, that values hard work and isn’t afraid to roll up their sleeves to get things done, and honors this unique nation built from a great melting pot of many. If you have one, what is your motto? Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it. — Salvador Dali
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Three favorite charities. Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Clubs, Planned Parenthood. Any last-day-of-Session traditions? Eat a half dozen red velvet cupcakes specially made by Shirlynne Everett. What are you most looking forward to during the Legislative Session? The insight and wisdom of a moderate Senate.
If you could have another lobbyist’s client list, it would be … None. I’m proud of the client list I have. Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud? Passing the bar on the first try! Lobbyists are often accused of wearing Gucci loafers; do you own a pair of Gucci loafers? If not, why not? No, I don’t because I prefer Louboutins. Who is your favorite Florida Capitol Press Corps reporter and why? Let me get back to you on this one. Other than SaintPetersBlog.com, your reading list includes … For news, the New York Times, USA Today and Tampa Bay Times. For novels, “Murder in the Courthouse” by Nancy Grace and “The Whistler” by John Grisham. What swear word do you use most often? MF What is your most treasured possession? My late father’s army dog tag. The best hotel in Florida is … The Ritz-Carlton Naples. 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? Arthenia L. Joyner, Jack Latvala, Pat Frank, and Dan Gelber. Favorite movie. “Gladiator.” When you pig out, what do you eat? Petit Ecolier Cookies. If you could have dinner with a historical figure no longer living, who would it be? Muhammad Ali.
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