additional commentary by Timothy Horrigan; January 22, 2012
On Sunday, January 22, 2012, a little more than a year after a deranged gunman named Jared Loughner shot her and many other people, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords made a sad announcement. She will be resigning from Congress (and also not running for re-election.) I can see from the video why she is stepping down: she looks great, but her voice is shaky and it looks like she can't see out of one eye. Hopefully, she will be able to serve our country again in some capacity soon. And she is given us a lot back merely by surviving.
This is a
redistricting year, but the special election will be held in
existing district, as drawn after the 2000 census. Her
successor will probably be chosen in June.
Original URL: http://youtu.be/VAetv47b-Eg
Transcript of Video:
"Arizona is my home, always will be. A lot has happened over the past year. We cannot change that. But I know 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. 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. 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."
Other Pages about the January 8 Tucson shootings
Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (Arizona gained a 9th Congressional seat in the 2010 decennial census, and the Congressional District lines in her hometown of Tucson were significantly redrawn)
My President Obama Page
My 2012 Election page
My novel The Forgotten Liars
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