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“4th Floor Files” talks to Beth Sweeny about the Boston Marathon, her husband, and Jackie O.

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The latest installment of the 4th Floor Files features Beth Sweeny, a lobbyist for St. Johns County School District. Here’s the file on Beth.

Significant other? Children? Grand kids?

Husband, Kevin

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

I serve as a liaison between the school district and local, state and federal governments and most importantly, advocate for the educational needs of children in St. Johns County.

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

I believe in personal responsibility and the importance of the family unit to all aspects of society.

If you have one, what is your motto?

“You get out of it what you put into it.”  This applies to pretty much anything in life.

But when it comes to running, “go big or go home”

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

I sit on the advisory board of the St. Johns County Big Brother Big Sisters and try to throw some love their way in any way I can.

Three favorite charities.

The One Fund Boston, Inc. – created by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.

As an avid runner who ran the Boston Marathon last year I took the bombings very personally, and encourage everyone to assist the victims in any way they can.

The Humane Society

The Betty Griffin House

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

I usually end up somewhere on Adams Street … Last year I drove home late to run the Gate River Run 15k the next morning … Five years ago, a relationship started with my now husband.

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

A budget surplus!  And the return of the legislative kickball league- Go SOB’s!

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

Anyone who lobbies to put calorie counts on menus.

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

Surviving my first session as an Aide at the ripe age of 22.

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

No Gucci loafers, I stick to heels and flip flops, and running shoes.

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

Jeffrey Solochek for his coverage of education issues and I’ve always just liked Marc Caputo.

Other than, your reading list includes…

The Buzz, The Edfly, and

What swear word do you use most often?

I try not to curse a lot.  I really hate the F word.

What is your most treasured possession?

My crazy cat Talullah and my wedding/engagement ring.

The best hotel in Florida is…

The Casa Monica

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?

Ronda Storms, Joe Scarborough, Brian Pitts and Bill Nelson

Favorite movie.

Mean Girls

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

I started working in the legislature the year the gift ban went into effect and never knew life in the Capitol city without the gift ban.  Currently I love Masa, Bella Bella, and Food Glorious Food.

When you pig out, what do you eat?

Tijuana Flats and Millers Ale House Chicken Nachos.

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

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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