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U.S. HOUSE: DISTRICT 5

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This contest is a rematch from the 2006 campaign. Three-term Republican incumbent Virginia "Ginny" Brown-Waite faces Democratic challenger John Russell. Brown-Waite took 60 percent, besting Russell's 40 percent in the previous election.

Virginia "Ginny" Brown-Waite, Brooksville R John T. Russell, Dade City D
A native of Albany, N.Y., Brown-Waite, 65, moved to Florida 23 years ago. She began her political career as a legislative assistant in New York. She then served as a Hernando County commissioner beginning in 1990 before being elected to the state Senate in 1992. She served 10 years in the Senate, the last two as the president pro tempore. In 2002, she was elected to Congress, defeating the Democratic incumbent after the districtÍs boundaries were redrawn. She is now completing her third term in Washington. Experience Born and reared in Buffalo, N.Y., Russell, 52, moved to the Tampa area in 1995. He is newly married to Chyrisse Tabone, an environmental scientist. He is a critical care registered nurse who works as a contract employee through Medical Staffing Network and another employer he would not name. He formerly worked at St. JosephÍs Hospital in Tampa. This is his third try for Congress. In the 2004 election, he lost in the Democratic primary, finishing second in a field of four candidates. He won his partyÍs primary in 2006 but lost in the general election.
Earned a bachelorÍs degree from Empire State College in 1976. She then received a masterÍs degree in public administration from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y. Education BachelorÍs degree from DÍYouville College in Buffalo, N.Y., and a masterÍs in business administration from Niagara University in Niagara, N.Y. In 2001, he received a masterÍs in nursing from the University of South Florida.
"The Senate sent us the exact same bill the House rejected, but they added another $150-billion on top, still bails out the foreign banks, and raises the debt limit another trillion dollars. That is not leadership. ThatÍs the business as usual that has enraged Americans. This bill does not address the two issues confronting our banking system today ? fear and diminished lending capacity." What is your position on the financial bailout plan? Russell opposed both bailout plans. "There is a question as to whether it will be effective," he said. "People want to see their neighbors helped, not these clowns on Wall Street." Russell says he wants stronger enforcement against fraud, greater government roles in finance companies that participate in the plan and a fee on stock trades to offset the financial burden on taxpayers.
"Something must be done, but it must be done in a responsible manner that protects FloridaÍs interests. The current congressional and presidential moratoriums should be removed, but only if measures are put in their place to protect the military mission line, give states the right to approve or reject exploration within a certain mileage of their shores, and enforce strong environmental standards." What is your position on oil drilling off the coast? "I believe that current restrictions should remain in place. While there is oil to be found beneath the outer continental shelf, including off the coast of Florida and in Alaska, the amount to be pumped is hardly the answer to AmericaÍs growing demand for energy."
"Today much of Iraq is stable and under control of the Iraqis. . . . As more and more of Iraq is stabilized, larger numbers of our soldiers will be able to return home. I do not, however, support artificial time lines to bring our men and women serving on the front lines home. I trust the wisdom and experience of our generals in the field to advise . . . as to the proper draw-down strategy." How do you view the state of the Iraq war? "The current path is unsustainable, and the direction America takes must change accordingly. . . . I advocate for a plan to be formulated by our military leaders for an orderly, efficient and safe withdrawal of our military with transfer of security over to Iraqi authorities. . . . This plan for ending the U.S. occupation should be implemented as soon as practicable."
Home; various property holdings; various investments; vehicles; savings Assets Home; car
Three mortgages Liabilities Mortgage; car loan; credit cards
$420,000 to $1.8-million (rounded) Net worth $400,000
Congressional salary; Florida state pension; New York state pension Income Salary
Divorced, remarried and widowed; three adult children Personal Married; no children
www.ginnyforcongress.com Web site www.johnrussellforcongress.com
info@ginnybrown-waite.com E-mail john@johnrussellforcongress.com
About the job: The 5th Congressional District includes all of Citrus, Hernando, Levy and Sumter counties, and portions of Lake, Marion, Pasco and Polk counties. U.S. House members serve a two-year term and earn $169,300 a year.

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