One is the Cinderella Man of the Big Dance, while another is practically a household name in Tallahassee. One is a local favorite and protege of one of Florida’s most beloved elected officials, while another was a tournament underdog who seems to have put the “power” of his company to work.
Together, they are the Final Four of TallyMadness — an online voting competition to determine the “best” lobbyist in Tallahassee.
#16 seed Steve Madden, an in-house lobbyist for Centene, has captured the hearts of hundreds of TallyMadness voters, who continue to propel him to victory after victory as a tribute to Steve’s courageous battle against his personal health matters.
Facing Madden for a spot in the championship match-up is veteran lobbyist David Rancourt of Southern Strategies Group. Rancourt is practicallysynonymous with the word lobbying and is the highest ranked seed still left in the tournament. If he was up against anyone other than Cinderella Man Madden, I’d wager Rancourt could win it all.
On the other side of the bracket are two names familiar to many in the Florida Capital. #7 seed Gus Corbella, a self-described bon vivant, is carrying the flag for powerhouse firm Greenberg Traurig. Corbella, who will always beidentifiedfor his service to the late, beloved Senator Jim King is drawing a lot of votes from Tallahasee IP addresses and seems to be the local favorite.
Standing in Corbella’s way is underdog (or is dark horse?) Chris Flack, representing that mom-and-pop shop Progress Energy. Flack may be an unorthodox choice for “best” lobbyist, but then again, he does a hell of a job repping his company’s interests before state government.
Voting to determine who will play in the championship match-up ends on Tuesday, February 5 at Midnight.