Brown-Waite to Undergo Surgery This Weekend

Posted March 26, 2010 at 9:41am

Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.) will undergo surgery in the coming days to remove what she described Friday as a blockage in her abdomen.

The Congresswoman first discovered the blockage earlier this month, and her office said nothing suggests the condition is cancerous.

“I chose to do this over the Easter Recess and my doctors expect a full recovery,” Brown-Waite said in a statement. “I ask that you respect my privacy as I recover with my family.”

As she looks to that recovery process, Brown-Waite will be tended to by her new husband, businessman Anthony Selvaggio. The couple, who became engaged last year, have scheduled their nuptials for Saturday.

The marriage will be Brown-Waite’s second. The Congresswoman’s first husband, Harvey, died from pancreatic cancer in 2008. The two had been married for 30 years.

On Thursday, Brown-Waite was the target of a death threat in the form of an early morning telephone message left at a district office.

Capitol Police and the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the call.