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U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite is engaged, friends say

A rumor that floated for months in Hernando County political circles is now confirmed: U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville, is engaged.

The details about the engagement are still unclear but recently those who know the Brooksville Republican began to talk about her new shiny ring.

A spokeswoman for the 65-year-old Brown-Waite said Wednesday she "is not commenting on her personal life."

The new man is apparently Anthony "Tony" Selvaggio, a Pennsylvania business owner. He popped the question earlier this spring and Brown-Waite now lists her residence as his house on Golf Club Drive in the gated Silverthorn community in Spring Hill.

"I'm happy for her," said Nick Morana, a Brown-Waite friend who asked her about the ring at a June 6 event at Oak Hill Hospital. She told him she was engaged, he said, adding that she was "beaming."

The engagement came less than a year after her husband, Harvey Waite, died Aug. 19, 2008, at age 68 after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Selvaggio, 66, is also a widower, documents indicate. Reached at his home Wednesday, he referred calls to the congresswoman's office.

His wife, Joyce, died two months before Brown-Waite's husband. Business records list him as the president of Old Time Coffee Inc., a vending service and bottled water supplier in McKees Rocks, Pa., 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's husband, who owned a 1959 M.G. convertible roadster, was a member of the organization. She sold the car after his death.

Earlier this year, she sold her house and property off Spring Lake Highway east of Brooksville. The sale was finalized July 13 after a bank-approved short-sale.

At the time, 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."

Public records now suggest she lives with Selvaggio in Spring Hill. But her office wouldn't comment.

John Frank can be reached at jfrank@sptimes.com or (352) 754-6114.

U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite is engaged, friends say 08/26/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 7:40pm]
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