We try not to toss around the word “amazing” too often, but Gabrielle Giffords was amazing tonight.
Ron Barber, who served as Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ district director confirmed Thursday that he will run in a special election to fill her vacant seat in the House. He was injured in the Tucson, Arizona shooting that severely wounded Giffords and killed six others. The New York Times reported Wednesday that Barber was likely to run and Giffords was likely to endorse him, and several outlets thought this would be a fairly easy election for him. Read more.
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Following her emotional return to the House of Representatives last night to vote in support of the debt deal, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffordsannounced on The Early Show this morning that she will run for re-election in Arizona. The show promptly tweeted the news. The recovery of the 41-year-old representative from Tucson following her gunshot wound by crazed shooter Jared Lee Loughner in January has been closely watched. She was released from the hospital five months after the shooting, staging what appears to be a miraculous recovery. Explaining her vote last night, Giffords said in a statement “I had to be here for this vote. I could not take the chance that my absence could crash our economy.”
“GIFFORDS: YES” Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D- AZ) returns for a surprise visit to Capitol Hill last night to cast her vote for the debt compromise bill. Ms. Giffords, escorted by fellow Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D - FL) and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, continues to recover from gunshot wounds suffered in an attack earlier this year. (Photo: Tom Williams / Roll Call via the Washington Post)
From a statement issued by Rep. Gifford’s office: “”I had to be here for this vote. I could not take the chance that my absence could crash our economy.” Read more at The Atlantic.