Mac Stipanovich

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Mac Stipanovich
Born John McKager Stipanovich
November 26, 1948
Ocala, Florida
Nationality United States
Alma mater University of Florida
Known for His role in the 2000 Florida election recount

John McKager "Mac" Stipanovich (born 26 November 1948) is a Florida lobbyist of the Republican Party. He is best known for his part in the 2000 Florida election recount, where he advised Katherine Harris of how to proceed with the election. In 2016, he related many details.[1]

Stipanovich's nickname is "the Knife".[2]

Portrayal in film[edit]

Stipanovich is portrayed in the HBO film Recount by the actor Bruce McGill. The film, which had a broadcast premiere on May 25, 2008, chronicled the events in Florida during the presidential election lawsuits and appeals.

Legislative experience[edit]

Stipanovich previously served as chief of staff to Florida Governor Bob Martinez from 1987 to 1991. After that, he served on Jeb Bush's gubernatorial campaign against Lawton Chiles.[3]



  1. ^ Levey-Baker, Cooper, War Room: A Katherine Harris Adviser Reflects on the High Stress and High Stakes of the 2000 Recount, Sarasota Magazine, February, 2016, volume 38, Number 6, page 54; also Highbeam Reaearch
  2. ^ New York Sun article about Stipanovic
  3. ^ Fowler White biography

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