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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Giffords leaving Congress


Rep. Gabrielle Gifford (REUTERS/Laura Segall)

Arizona Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, shot in the head in Tucson last year, is leaving Congress to concentrate full time on recovering from her injuries.

“I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week,” Giffords posted simultaneously on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

She added:

I’m getting better. Every day my spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country. Thank you very much.

Giffords went down in a hail of bullets that left six dead and 12 wounded during a Congressional outreach meeting outside a Tucson grocery store.

Jared Loughner, 23, a college dropout, is charged with attempted assassination of a member of Congress and other crimes from the shooting.  After pleading not guilty, a psychological examination found him not fit to stand trial.

A spokesman for Giffords told Capitol Hill Blue she will submit her letter of resignation this week to House Speaker John Boehner and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

Both President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi praised Giffords for her bravery and her struggle to recover from the head wound and brain injuries.

Boehner also hailed Giffords.

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2 thoughts on “Giffords leaving Congress”

  1. I know a little bit about Congresswoman Giffords. Back in the days before Bush 43, the Tucson Congressman was Jim Kolbe who was a very successful Republican Representative. However in the conference for Bush’s reelection when Jim stood up to speak the entire Texas Delegation stormed out of the room stamping their feet because Jim was gay. Many of us were horrified at the lack of class from Texas but after watching Rick Perry, I can understand it.

    Jim retired after the humiliation from his own Party. The same bigotry in South Carolina and the other southern states is now firmly based in Arizona. The social issues are destroying the Republican Party and has seen the growth of Independents and Libertarians. I gave Arizona 12 years to come up with the agenda from the Goldwater years but the religious right retired in Arizona and the cancer of bigotry is strong.

  2. I don’t know much about this lady, but as most Americans, myself and others no doubt, wish her the best concerning her recovery issues. What a tragic waste of human potential all at the hands of a deranged malcontent.

    Her assailant, Jared Lee Loughner is seemingly not sane and is unfit to stand trial. He’s a delusional schizophrenic. There’s contention between the courts and his defense as to whether they can forcibly put him on antipsychotics in order to be fit to stand trial. The 9th Circuit ruled he could refuse the medication since he hasn’t been found guilty of his alleged crimes. Although ordered not to administer the antipsychotics, the prison officials deemed it necessary to protect personnel, no doubt predicated on the inmate’s day to day actions. He’s confined 23 hours per day in isolation from other inmates with one hour for excercise etc.

    Re: Forced Medication Rulings

    It’s tragic to be taken out by someone who’s not in control of their faculties which heightens everyone’s concern as to the direction our modern society is taking, seemingly for the worse as time goes by.

    Carl Nemo **==

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