Ginny Brown-Waite leaves sorry legacy

She has bones to pick with France

Another time, she insisted it was OK to call Puerto Ricans "foreign citizens" — even though they are U.S. citizens.

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  • What was Brown-Waite thinking?

    U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite decided at the last minute not to seek re-election and gave Hernando County Sheriff Richard Nugent advance notice so he could qualify to run with little opposition.

    Did she betray her party and constituents?

    • Yes. She limited the field to her handpicked choice and kicked our democratic process in the teeth.
    • No. She knows what kind of person her constituents would favor, so she just played the political game.
    • Who cares at this point? It's a done deal.
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Brown-Waite: Puerto Ricans 'foreign,' shouldn't get rebate

She also demonstrated hypocrisy on a grand scale.

She decried wasteful spending — while personally racking up bigger bills for her own taxpayer-funded mailers than most of her peers.

She threw tantrums about debt-spending under President Barack Obama — after voting to raise the debt ceiling under President George W. Bush.

And she condemned "government-run health care" — while simultaneously demanding the Obama pour more and more money into Medicare — since that was the part of government-run health care that older voters in her district wanted.

Brown-Waite's had her moments. In fact, I have praised her at times. She cast courageous votes in favor of drug importation and stem-cell research and against congressional pay raises and political meddling in end-of-life decisions for dying family members.

But those brave and rational decisions now seem a distant memory.

Instead, we are left with career a highlighted by extremism and capped with a political ploy that was a slap in the face not only to many of those who supported her — but to those she swore an oath to represent as well.

There's more

I've gotten questions from readers about several new candidates — including Rick Scott, the GOP newcomer in the governor's race, and Scott Fortune, the Democratic lawyer who is challenging U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown.

The short version: Scott's business record has raised many questions … and attracted many investigators. And Fortune has an uphill battle.

You can get the longer versions at orlandosentinel.com/takingnames.

Scott Maxwell can be reached at smaxwell@orlandosentinel.com or 407-420-6141.

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