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Brown-Waite is engaged; now R-Spring Hill?



A rumor floating for months in Hernando County political circles is now confirmed. U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville, is engaged. The details are still unclear -- her office refused to return recent calls seeking comment -- but her fiance is apparently Anthony "Tony" Selvaggio of Spring Hill.

The engagement, which happened sometime this spring, came less than a year after the congresswoman's husband lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in August 2008.

Nick Morana, a Spring Hill gadfly, said he asked about the engagement Brown-Waite after he saw her wearing an diamond ring -- described by others as a "big rock" -- June 6 at an Oak Hill Hospital event. He said Brown-Waite was beaming. "I'm happy for her," he said.

Selvaggio, 66, is also a widower, documents indicate. His wife, Joyce, died two months before Brown-Waite's husband Harvey. Business records list him as the president of Old Time Coffee, Inc., a vending service and bottled water supplier in McKees Rocks, Penn., outside Pittsburgh. He is also treasurer of the Suncoast Classic M.G. Club, a group that celebrates the now-defunct British car company. (Brown-Waite and her husband owned a 1959 M.G. that she sold last year after his death.)

Brown-Waite sold her house in Brooksville on July 13 for $354,900, as a bank-approved short-sale, property records show. She and her husband bought the property for $600,000 in 2005. The just market value is now listed at $335,953. At the time of the sale, Brown-Waite told the Times this: "As a recent widow, it is no longer feasible for me to take care of the 13 acre property on my own. Once the sale of the house is finalized, I will move elsewhere in the district."

The remark sparked rampant speculation. Now, public records indicate that Brown-Waite is listing her address as Selvaggio's house in Silverthorn, a gated community in Spring Hill. (Does that make her now R-Spring Hill?) No details about a wedding, so far.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:58pm]


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