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Ashley Kalifeh Featured in Influence Magazine

Significant other? Children? Husband, Michael.

In 25 words or less, explain what you do. Help clients identify impediments and opportunities, analyze options for overcoming or achieving them, then design and execute a successful political and public policy strategy.

Without using the words Democrat, Independent or Republican, conservative or liberal, describe your political persuasion. I believe in able-bodied individuals’ responsibility to use their God-given talent’s to meaningfully participate in our economy, as well as the obligation, as members of a compassionate society, to care for those who are unable to do so for themselves.  

If you have one, what is your motto? I don’t; I can’t get on board with the bumper-sticker mentality.

During your career, have you had a favorite pro bono client? Outside of lobbying, I enjoy serving as a Guardian ad Litem for the 2nd Circuit.

Three favorite charities. Catholic charities and some local foster-care-oriented groups.

Any last-day-of-Session Traditions? Actually, no. But wine is a reoccurring theme.

What are you most looking forward to during the Legislative Session? Hopefully passing some of the bills that were on third reading post April 28, 2015 @ 1:15 pm.

If you could have another lobbyist’s client list, it would be… Since that really is a mutual selection process, I believe that Capital City Consulting’s clients reflect our expertise, personalities, and the like…but being on a first-name basis with David Beckham would be cool.

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud? Keeping my head above water and feet on the ground in a very fast-paced and competitive business.

Lobbyists are often accused of wearing Gucci loafers; do you own a pair of Gucci loafers? If not, why not? That question leaves almost no room for a moderately stylish female’s answer.

Who is your favorite Florida Capitol Press Corps reporter and why? Depends :)

Other than SaintPetersBlog.com, your reading list includes… Sayfie, New York Times, Tallahassee Democrat (I know, I know, but it’s our only local news option)

What swear word do you use most often? It’s really context specific.

What is your most treasured possession? Chocolate lab, Shelby. Although she would resent being called a possession.

The best hotel in Florida is… I really love the Gulf of Mexico beaches, so I have to go with Sandestin

You’ve just learned that you will be hosting a morning talk show about Florida politics. Who are the four first guests you’d invite to appear? As of today, Trump, Fiorina, Carson, and Cruz. While I like some of them, I would want to discuss their general election strategies as well as my belief that failing to put a popular Ohioan and popular Floridian on the same ticket is a major missed opportunity.

Favorite movie. Any movie that lasts less than 45 minutes. A short attention span and undiagnosed narcolepsy are to blame.

When you pig out, what do you eat? Goat cheese and pepper jelly.

If you could have dinner with a historical figure no longer living, who would it be? I feel like today’s tenor and topics of political debate would make James Madison want to order a round of shots. Which could be fun.


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