(CNN) – Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Florida, will retire at the end of this congressional session due to health reasons, according to a statement released Friday by her office.
"As I have prepared for my campaign, I have been troubled by persistent health problems and have come to the disappointing and sad conclusion that I cannot run for reelection," said Brown-Waite, who represents Florida's 5th Congressional District. "There are simply too many unresolved issues around my health and my pancreas in particular. As of this morning, my doctors are still undecided about what course to pursue next for my treatments."
Brown-Waite's statement included an endorsement for Hernando County Sheriff Richard Nugent, a Republican, who the Tampa Tribune reports filed Friday with the state supervisor of elections office in Tallahassee to run in Brown-Waite's district.
"I encouraged Sheriff Nugent to run because I know him to be a strong conservative who will continue my fight for veterans and seniors," Brown-Waite said. "This past week Rich told me he would stand in my place for election to Congress."
Miami, Florida (CNN) - Federal authorities announced Monday they have charged a 66-year-old Florida man with making a threatening phone call last month to Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Florida.
In his initial appearance on Monday before Magistrate Judge Anthony E. Porcelli, Erik L. Pidrman was ordered to submit to home detention and electronic monitoring and his bond was set at $20,000, said Steve Cole, a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Middle District of Florida.
Pidrman had been taken into custody by the FBI on Sunday afternoon at his home in Spring Hill, Florida, without incident, the FBI said.