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U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite drops out of re-election race

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Congresswoman cites health reasons, endorses Hernando Sheriff Nugent

By The Staff

U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite has dropped out of her GOP primary campaign to seek re-election citing health reasons and endorsed Hernando County Sheriff Richard B. Nugent in the race for the 5th Congressional District.

Brown-Waite's Washington, D.C., office confirmed the email sent out this morning was authentic and that the congresswoman would serve out her term until January 2011.

Brown-Waite's office issued the following statements by the two.

Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite:

“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.  There are simply too many unresolved issues around my health and my pancreas  in particular.  As of this morning, my doctors are still undecided about what course to pursue next for my treatments.

"I encouraged Sheriff Nugent to run because I know him to be a strong conservative who will continue my fight for veterans and seniors.  This past week Rich told me he would stand in my place for election to Congress.  On Monday I will to ask the Secretary of State to withdraw my name from the ballot.

As I go forward with my medical treatments, I would continue to ask for your prayers for my family and me.”  

Sheriff Richard Nugent:

“I am deeply honored by the trust Ginny has placed in me.  As Wendy and I discussed beginning this campaign and what it would mean for our family, we could not turn down this call to duty at such a serious time for our country.  

"My history of service began as an 18 year old enlisting in the Air Force and serving 6 years in the Illinois Air National Guard, 12 years as a Police Officer in a suburb of Chicago and as a deputy Sheriff and Sheriff in Hernando County Florida for the past 25 years.  My wife has been a teacher in our public schools for 29 years and all three of my son's are committed to serving this great nation as officers in the US Army.  Our family has a legacy of service.  We will run a vigorous campaign based on the conservative values shared by so many of our neighbors in Hernando County and throughout the 5th District.

"There is no one in this country who has been more committed to serving our seniors and veterans than Ginny Brown-Waite.  I am proud to continue her fight on their behalf and thank Ginny for her service and sacrifice.”

More details as the become available.