Make us your home page

The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Ginny "knows" Rudy, likes Mitt



Gbw U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite supports Mitt Romney in the 2008 race for the White House. This much we know. But ask the Brooksville Republican why she didn't pick fellow New York native Rudy Giuliani and the conversation gets awkward -- very awkward.


"A lot of people say to me, 'Well you're from New York, why don't you support Giuliani?'" Brown-Waite said during a stop at the Times' Brooksville office. "Um, let me put it this way: I know Giuliani. I'm supporting Mitt Romney."

Huh? When asked what about Giuliani, 63, she doesn't like, she replied: "Um, Giuliani." Pressed again for details, she didn't elaborate. "I prefer not to say at this point," she said. "I prefer not to say period. OK? I know him -- let me put it that way."

Reporters kept pushing for details (including whether they'd ever dated ) but GBW wouldn't even say how she knew Giuliani. "I've known him in the past," she said. "More than 10 years ... less than 40."

--John Frank

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:01pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours