Ginny Brown-Waite Announces 11th-Hour Retirement
Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.) waited until today to announce her retirement from Florida’s 5th District, giving potential successors no time to file the necessary paperwork by the state’s noon deadline. Well, except for her chosen successor, that is.
Brown-Waite released a statement today citing medical concerns (specifically her pancreas) as the reason for her withdrawal.
As I have prepared for my campaign, I have been troubled by persistent health problems and have come to the disappointing and sad conclusion that I cannot run for reelection.
And she also took time to announce her heir apparent, Hernando County Sheriff Richard Nugent. “This past week Rich told me he would stand in my place for election to Congress,” Brown-Waite said in the statement.
It doesn’t appear that this decision was long in the making. Brown-Waite’s announcement came less than a day after her campaign team announced on its website an endorsement from Maggie’s List PAC, which promotes fiscally conservative women for office.
Jimm Phillips contributed to this story.