Wade Hopping, battling cancer, suffers stroke
Longtime lawyer and lobbyist and former Supreme Court Justice Wade Hopping, of the Tallahassee firm Hopping Green & Sams, suffered a stroke over the weekend, colleagues confirmed. UPDATE: His law firm issued this statement Monday saying he was stricken last Friday night and that "the nature, extent and duration of the effects from the stroke are not presently known." He was reportedly in intensive care at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.
Hopping has been undergoing treatment for esophogeal cancer. He was among the lobbyists who pushed the offshore oil drilling proposal that failed at the end of the 2009 legislative session..
Hopping, 78, has been a Capitol fixture for five decades, beginning with his service as a top aide to Gov. Claude Kirk in the 1960s. He served for two years as a Florida Supreme Court justice ('68-'69) and was defeated for election. As a lobbyist, his areas of expertise have included growth management, land use and private property rights, and has long been a wise and quotable figure on everything dealing with Tallahassee.
In 1990, for a St. Petersburg Times article on the anachronistic Cabinet system in Florida, Hopping said: "It's like the ancient court of supplicants. People come and scream and yell and bring their children and read poetry to you. I don't know how (the governor and Cabinet) take it sometimes."