Gabby #Giffords Update of the Day: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, whose painful road to recovery after being critically wounded during last year’s Tucson shooting was recently documented on ABC’s 20/20, announced today that she will be resigning from Congress in order to focus on getting better.
“I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week,” Giffords said in a statement. She will not seek reelection.
Prior to the shooting, Giffords had been a member of the House of Representatives for just under four years. A replacement for Giffords will be chosen by the people of Arizona through a special primary and general election, to be scheduled by Governor Jan Brewer.
Giffords, who said she intends to resume the “Congress On Your Corner” event interrupted by the shooting, promised a return to public service. “I will return,” she said, ”and we will work together for Arizona and this great country.”
Watch her resignation video below:
This poor woman is going through hell because SOME PEOPLE (#McCainsFolly) liked to play with violent language in a pathetic attempt to attract attention and profit from it. Giffords puts her state’s welfare first; this is what true patriots do. I hope she makes a full recovery and comes back to her seat in Congress. <3 #Hero