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GOP Rep. Brown-Waite Announces Last-Minute Retirement

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Brown-Waite has endorsed Hernando County Sheriff Richard Nugent for the seat, and said that he told her during this past week that he would run. The district, located in northern Florida, voted for John McCain by a 56%-43% margin in 2008, and before that for George W. Bush by a 58%-41% margin in 2004.

Brown-Waite was first elected to Congress in 2002, narrowly defeating incumbent Democrat Karen Thurman. During her four terms, she has served on the Financial Services, Homeland Security, and Veterans' Affairs, and Ways and Means Committees.

Also, the U.S. Attorney's office in Florida's middle district recently charged a man for allegedly making a threatening phone call against Brown-Waite, in a voicemail left at her district office. The call came a few days after the vote on the health care bill, in which Brown-Waite voted no along with all other Republicans.