Gabrielle Giffords Resigning From Congress
January 22, 2012 by staff
Gabrielle Giffords Resigning From Congress, US politician Gabrielle Giffords says she will resign from Congress this week to concentrate on recovering from wounds suffered in an assassination attempt a little more than a year ago.
The Democratic congresswoman was shot in the head last January as she was meeting with constituents outside a supermarket in Tucson, Arizona.
While her recovery has seemed remarkable, she says on Facebook she has more work to do to recover, and it is best for her state if she resigns her seat in the House of Representatives.
Her shooting prompted an agonising national debate about super-charged rhetoric in political campaigns.
In a two-minute video posted to her Facebook page, Giffords says: “I don’t remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice.”
She says: “I’m getting better. Every day my spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country.”
Under state law, a special election will be called to fill out the remainder of Giffords’ term.
In a statement, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California said that “since the tragic events one year ago, Gabby has been an inspiring symbol of determination and courage to millions of Americans”.
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