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Brown-Waite will undergo surgery -- and apparently, get hitched -- over spring break



BROOKSVILLE -- U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite has a busy spring recess from Congress planned.


The Brooksville Republican announced Friday that she will have surgery to remove a blockage from her abdomen during the upcoming recess, which runs from March 29 to April 11. Her doctors expect a full recovery, Brown-Waite said in statement.

"I ask that you respect my privacy as I recover with my family and husband," she said.


Though it had been common knowledge for months prior, Brown-Waite last month formally announced the engagement to Spring Hill businessman Anthony "Tony" Selvaggio along with the news that she would be running for reelection. Brown-Waite said at the time the couple would likely tie the knot over one of Congress’ breaks but had not set a date

Then, in a Politico story Wednesday about restless House members waiting for the Senate to finish debate on health care reform, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Brown-Waite had approached him on the floor Tuesday worried if she would make it home for her wedding Saturday.

Her spokeswoman was tightlipped this week when asked about that, then came the announcement about the surgery and the reference to her "husband."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:24am]


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