Bob Owens

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Giffords vacates seat to focus on recovery

Written By: Bob - Jan• 23•12

Gabriel Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman shot in the head in an assassination attempt by Jared Loughner, has decided to step down from her office to focus on her recovery.

“Arizona is my home, always will be. A lot has happened over the past year. We cannot change that, but I know that on the issues we fought for we can change things for the better: Jobs, border security, veterans. We can do so much more by working together,” she says in the two-minute video.

“I don’t remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice. Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery so to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week,” she says.

Giffords, D-Ariz, was shot in the head on Jan. 8, 2011, while holding a town hall meeting in Tucson outside a grocery store. She was one of 13 people injured. Six others, including her aide, Gabe Zimmerman, were killed in the assault. The alleged gunman, Jared Loughner, is being treated with anti-psychotic drugs in a prison hospital to determine whether he will become fit to stand trial.

I wish her nothing but the best, and hope that with enough time and therapy she can fully recover.

Her resignation triggers not one, but two elections thanks to redistricting.

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2 Comments

  1. Ran says:

    Bob,
    I believe Republican Jesse Kelly (USMC) is in the running. Good man. I’ll be supporting him via LR.

    I wish Gabby a speedy, full recovery and a long, happy retirement from politics. “Centrists” have this creepy way of “moderating” our rights to death.

    Cheers,
    Ran

  2. Neo says:

    I’ve been wondering when somebody would get around to mentioning that the “emperor had no clothes.” Being a Congressman and politician is grueling work. I’m happy to see that Gabby figured that out on her own. Perhaps she is more recovered than any of her Democratic colleagues.