The Fluent in Floridian Podcast hosts Longtime Republican Operative Mac Stipanovich


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The latest episode of the Fluent in Floridian podcast features “Mac the Quote” Stipanovich, the political operative who served as chief of staff to Florida Governor Bob Martinez and played a key role in the 2000 presidential recount. In his interview with Heidi Otway, he talks about his history as a Republican advisor and offers his thoughts on the start of the DeSantis governorship. He also divulges the reasoning behind his departure from the Republican party late last year.

In a career that began by guiding Bob Martinez to the Tampa mayor’s office, Mac spent much of the 1980s and 1990s working on the front lines of political organizing. He was the Florida Executive Director for Regan-Bush ‘84 and advised Jeb Bush on his first bid for the Florida governorship in 1994. Perhaps his most notable advisee was Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, who oversaw the 2000 recount.

“I believe in Jefferson’s aristocracy of merit and virtue. I’m not a leveler. So do I think that somebody is better than somebody else? Yeah,” states Stipanovich. “Do I think that someone who graduated from Harvard or has an advanced degree from the University of Chicago and has worked in foreign policy for 25 years knows more about foreign policy that some guy sitting on a bar stool with his butt crack showing in Des Moines nursing his third Oiler Maker? Yeah, I do.”

Stipanovich is now of counsel with the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney law firm in Tallahassee.

Listen to the entire podcast here.

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