Skip to comments.Ariz. senator weighs possible run against Giffords
Posted on 08/22/2011 10:12:41 PM PDT by South40
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) A Republican Arizona state senator says he has formed an exploratory committee to examine a possible run next year for the congressional seat held by Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Sen. Frank Antenori, of Tucson, made extensive public comments last week about the committee but made his formal announcement Monday before a Republican women's group in Tucson.
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Time for her to go. Time for a Republican in the seat.
I don't mean to sound cold but life goes on. If Giffords can't do the job she should get out of the way of someone who can.
The big question is whether she will run for reelection. She only won by a minority of the vote last time (the Libertarian deprived the Republican of a win).
I think that she recently returned to vote on the debt ceiling thing...while I am not a dimmacrat, I am all for her continuation, and I have great respect for her.
The people of her district can do as they like. Her staff can do most of the work of representation, but how much grasp of the legislation can someone have who has suffered such a trauma?
Boy. If Giffords says she is going to run again, how is anyone going to vote against the poor shooting victim Rep? Seems like a tall order. If she had any class, she would resign now for obvious reasons.
So let me understand your reasoning. Irrespective of the fact that she is a liberal democrat and votes against your beliefs, you are for her continuation in office because she got shot? I have respect for any number of people that I would not support for public office because their beliefs don’t parallel mine. It reminds me of a friend who told me that OJ Simpson could not have killed his wife and Ron Goldman “because he was a sports figure.”
I’m sorry she fell victim to a gun-wielding lunatic. With that said, I have zero respect for any congresscritter who votes to further Obama’s agenda of destroying this nation.
You know my brother? :-)
I don’t know how much class she has but she clearly does not possess the wherewithal to occupy a seat in congress. It’s not her fault but it is what it is.
Vastly more than Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Barney Fwank, etc. I don't agree with her votes, I just respect her fight to walk, and to return to her job. Her electorate can and should judge her abilities in 2012.
I am for her continuation in office, as long as she is re-elected by the residents of her district, and has not been ruled mentally deficient by her doctors. The way that she votes, while I disagree with the votes, is relevant only to her electorate. What exactly would you propose doing to remove her from her office???
The debt ceiling vote three weeks ago in a pathetic stunt by the 'Rats.
WAHOO!!! I LOVE FRANK!
He is so cool and in touch with the people. He is always out there talking to people, on the radio and so forth and has helped with some of the really good AZ legislation. Great guy.
If a person is medically incapaaciated beyond a reasonable time they should resign. Reasonable time measured in a few months. Most persons have 90 days sick leave tops. If an on the job injury Workman Comp kicks in but they still do not hold that job. Why should members of congress be exempt from realities most of us live under?
What “doctors?” The paid off ones?
I’m not too crazy about being represented by some “staff”. It’s good she is improving, but I’ve heard she has only been in AZ once since the shooting and she now lives in Houston.
She is trying to use campaign funds to pay for security in Houston as well.
Sorry- I didn't know that you knew Congresswoman Giffords. I had not heard that she is "medically incapaaciated".
Never been around serious head trauma patients have you? Many take years not months to heal. Many never return to previous mental capacity. Why all the secrecy as too her condition as well?
“I believe in her miracle, even if she is a Democrat.”
Then you are a sucker. According to her staff, she has trouble with big words. Ever read any legislation? Right now, she just votes as she is told to vote. OK, she did that before being shot as well.
Even before being shot, she divided her time between DC & Houston. As one of her constituents, I find that appalling. She also won by 1% of the vote last time, while outspending her opponent and lying about her record and support. She also has a history of standing in the well of the House, prepared to change her vote if Pelosi needed her to do so - is THAT a courageous person?
The TV anchor who was injured in Iraq suffered a similar but less serious wound. He has still not returned to work. She should not run in 2012.
If she were a Republican the media would be demanding access to her medical records and asking that she step down from her office.
Miraculous recovery for someone who took what she did would be being able to walk, speak, and understand verbal commands etc. I saw two women have miraculous recoveries from head trauma. Both were in accidents. Yea several years later both were somewhat functional. One could read and carry on a basic conversation. That compared to where they were immediately after injury was a miracle. I knew another guy a patient where I once worked who had been in a nursing home 5 years with a head injury. In many ways it was like talking to a child. The next time I saw him he was living on his own in an apartment. His recovery even from where I first met him was miraculous.
I have some knowledge because I hung around a spinal and head injury rehab unit for a few months for my wifes spinal cord rehab and I've worked in nursing homes.
Maybe you should read this article Gabrielle Giffords Makes Debt Ceiling Vote; No Decision on Re-Election Campaign Where are HER comments at? Do you not find that strange? I don't. She obviously can function somewhat which is indeed miraculous. Yes in another year maybe longer she may make a lot more miraculous progress. But should her district go without full time representation?
By all means she should receive full retirement compensation as well as medical care as this was on the job injury. Beyond that she should get no better breaks than what you, me, the average person next door should get. I hope she recovers 100%. But I know most of the time it takes several years if ever to gain it back.
You sound like a DNC press release.
I believe what the Houston doctors have said about her “miraculous recovery” their words. If she is still mentally incapacitated, she should not be voting. But I don’t know who decides that at this point. If she is still mentally deficient, then she should be replaced in the next election. In such a case, I would both work and vote against her, if I were in her district.
I don’t believe that she will.
I can only hope she achieves the best outcome in her recovery. Too bad she will just end up being a Martyr for the Liberal cause. It is unfortunate that people think that Congress is a Rehabilitation Center though.
Everyone is scared to admit the obvious. A person in her condition has no business being an elected rep. Period. What happened was terrible. That has nothing to do with her current fitness for the job.
Republicans should hammer Dems through the wall for using a shooting victim as a political prop to further their own ends and question every vote she makes on competency grounds. Dems wheeled an incoherent Robert Byrd into many votes that he could no longer read nor understand. It disgusted me then and what they are doing with Giffords disgusts me even more.
If Repbus would get their tails out there with the TRUTH of how people in her district are being ‘disenfranchised’ of their constitutional representation, and how Dems are acting like the ghouls they are, then they would have a chance at winning. As long as they cower in fear, Dems will keep exploiting a bad situation.
I believe that she probably will choose not to run in 2012. But even if she does, I believe that she will NOT be returned to Congress by the Tuscon electorate. I also believe that any Republican efforts to oust her for mental incapacity prior to the 2012 elections will be explosively detrimental to Republicans.
Congress does need to set some stricter cognitive standards and rules of resonable mental fitness for holding office. That goes for both parties.
“Congress does need to set some stricter cognitive standards and rules of resonable mental fitness for holding office. That goes for both parties. “
Couldn’t agree more.
I agree completely with this. With Cong. Reps, they have to run every two years. If they suffer a mental disabling event, they will be subject to a re-election relatively soon. With Senators, it's different, as they have six year terms. Something needs to be done here. I have no idea, except possibly a temporary appointmemt to replace a disabled Senator. If this scenario (Gifford's) had happened to a Senator, some State could be screwed for five plus years.
Mentally deficient is a subjective term. The question is can she handle the responsibilities of voting on legislation which can not only effect her own constituency but all of America.
My understanding is she is operating at a “diminished level” and we do not need anymore “diminished” mental capabilities in Washington then we already have.
I believe that she was on the House floor last week.
IF she had her constiuents needs in mind, she wouuld take a PASS on this election and say she'll come back in 2 years to run for that seat again.....but hey, she's a DEM....not going to happen.
she really doesn’t need to read, write or actually be able to understand what’s going on to vote that way Pelosi tells her. It probably helps if she has no cognitive ability actually.
I do hope she does decide to leave but it would not surprise me if she stayed for the sympathy vote.
The debates would be interesting.
If someone decides to run against her he/she should make the campaign about OBAMA, especially if the economy is still in bad shape next fall. Don’t even mention her name or anything about her, especially her injury.
Thank you Suz. It’s nice to hear from someone who knows him.
No prob! He is former military, pro gun, pro constitution, love America, common sense, get out and talk to the people kind of guy. He is likeable and tells it like it is. He doesn’t beat around the bush and if there is something that can’t get done, he will tell you why.
I forgot to mention that he won his last election by a large margin as well.
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