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GOP insurgent challenges Brown-Waite, cites her Scozzafava support



U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite's support for New York Republican Dede Scozzafava's doomed campaign is emerging as an issue in the Brooksville Republican's re-election.

Republican Jason Sager, a political neophyte from Brooksville, filed to run against Brown-Waite in 2010, telling the Times' Tony Marrero that he stands for conservatives concerned about a government that has strayed from the principles of the Founding Fathers.Sager said he was concerned about Brown-Waite's support for Scozzafava.

The congresswoman, an Albany, N.Y. native, refused to answer questions about why she went to New York to campaign for Scozzafava just days before the state lawmaker dropped from the race and endorsed the Democrat. But in an interview last week, Brown-Waite said Scozzafava was being unfairly attacked and had a solid Republican record.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:26pm]


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