Capital Tiger Bay Club

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The original purpose of the Capital Tiger Bay Club, founded in 1971, was to provide a non-partisan forum on current political issues and listen to the views of newsmakers and opinion leaders of the day. Monthly luncheons are scheduled at the convenience of the speaker.

Local leaders, state leaders, Governors, U.S. Senators and Congressional Members, and the occasional Presidental candidate have made the Capital Tiger Bay Club a critical step—or misstep—in their pursuit of political power and influence.

Founding board members invited Democrats, Republicans, liberals and conservatives who shared a passion for politics. The club has never endorsed political candidates nor advocated a particular ideology. It has always welcomed groundbreaking ideas, passionate ideologues, and insightful discussions; the more outrageous, the better.

Irreverent humor, sharp introductions, and the occasional roasting of members and guests are the mark of a good meeting. If laughter is good medicine, then the members of the Capital Tiger Bay Club can expect to lead long lives.


Rick Wilson may be based in Tallahassee, Florida, but he is among the nation’s most prominent – and outspoken – Republican strategists.  He was also among the first members of his party to oppose the candidacy and now the presidency of Donald Trump.  On August 16th, he shared those objections with the Capital Tiger Bay Club in his hometown and speculated how the Trump administration has shaken the country’s political landscape to its core.

Capital Tiger Bay Club: John Morgan

Feb 7, 2017

The often outspoken (and sometimes blunt) Central Florida Trial Lawyer John Morgan hasn’t officially announced his candidacy for Florida governor in 2018.  But his address before the Capital Tiger Bay Club on February 2 certainly seemed like a preliminary to that contest.  Morgan talked about decriminalizing marijuana, supporting public school teachers and how a confirmed capitalist can also be a loyal Democrat.

The two finalists who are facing each other in November 8th General Election for Florida House District 9 had a Capital Tiger Bay Club faceoff on Sept. 9.  Democrat (and former occupant of that seat) Lorrane Ausley and political newcomer, Republican Jim Messer talked about their differences (and surprising number of political and philosophical similarities) before Tiger Bay members. Recorded on 9/9/16.

The four contenders for the office of Leon County Sheriff spoke before the August 11 meeting of the Capital Tiger Bay Club at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center: Incumbent Sheriff Mike Wood; and challengers Tommy Mills; Walt McNeal; and Charlie Strickland.  The discussion was moderated by Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee Bureau Chief Steve Bousquet.

Recorded: 08-11-2016