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Giffords to step down from Congress
AZ Daily Star ^ | 1/22/12 | AZ Daily Star

Posted on 01/22/2012 11:17:10 AM PST by Keith in Iowa

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will step down from Congress this week to focus on her recovery, her staff announced Sunday. "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 video message. Giffords, a third-generation Arizonan who served five years in the state Legislature before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2006, will not seek re-election this fall. Giffords vowed to return public service. "I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country," she said.

Read more: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/giffords-to-step-down-from-congress/article_638da002-4526-11e1-ba27-001871e3ce6c.html#ixzz1kDPwlcJI

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: 112th; gabbygiffords; giffords
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1 posted on 01/22/2012 11:17:16 AM PST by Keith in Iowa
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To: Keith in Iowa

Just got it on facebook.


2 posted on 01/22/2012 11:18:41 AM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Be well, Gabrielle.


3 posted on 01/22/2012 11:20:37 AM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: ari-freedom

We wish her well and a full recovery, but it is time to get another GOP seat in Congress. That could be the next district we live in when we leave CA.


4 posted on 01/22/2012 11:22:24 AM PST by Oldexpat
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To: Keith in Iowa

Well, God Bless, Gabby.

Hang in there..

There are things more important in life than wielding power and holding a fancy title.

Good luck to both you and Mark.


5 posted on 01/22/2012 11:22:24 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Keith in Iowa

I wish her well, I really do.

I remember reading that she, along with other members, were working on a piece of legislation that either rolled back Congressional salaries or spending just prior to the savage attack. If so, I think Congress should move forward with that piece of legislation.

My prayers for her continued recovery.


6 posted on 01/22/2012 11:22:52 AM PST by SueRae (I can see November from my HOUSE!!!!!!!! 11.06.2012, the Tower of Sauron falls,)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Her husband has retired, I think. All in all, it would be better to be home and concentrate on her health and marriage.


7 posted on 01/22/2012 11:23:00 AM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Keith in Iowa
This is overdue by a mile.

I wish her a strong recovery and good health.

8 posted on 01/22/2012 11:23:20 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Best wishes to her.

But to the vermin who blamed the shooting on Palin, I hope you rot in hell.


9 posted on 01/22/2012 11:23:50 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

>>>Best wishes to her.

>>>But to the vermin who blamed the shooting on Palin, I hope you rot in hell.

Dittos... especially to the second sentiment.


10 posted on 01/22/2012 11:25:16 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmit. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: ari-freedom
I'm not surprised by this, as she is looking at a lengthy recovery..

I share little in common with her politically, but I wish nothing but the best for her family and her.

11 posted on 01/22/2012 11:25:59 AM PST by Calliecat
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To: Keith in Iowa

Adding my prayers for her recovery.


12 posted on 01/22/2012 11:26:36 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Keith in Iowa

How sad that a sick deranged left wing nut can end the career of one of the dwindling number of moderate democrats.


13 posted on 01/22/2012 11:28:28 AM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Sad, she was a blue dog, I hope the scum who shot her gets to meet Bubba in the prison shower.


14 posted on 01/22/2012 11:28:40 AM PST by Dengar01 (Go Bulls!!! Go Blackhawks!!!)
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To: Keith in Iowa
I also wish her the best.

I have to respect her for knowing what's best for her and not hanging around just to keep the seat for her party and letting staffers run things like the Dems often do.

Hope she can come back someday.

15 posted on 01/22/2012 11:28:49 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (This space for rant.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

This is a good decision on her part. She is unable to represent the citizens of her district.


16 posted on 01/22/2012 11:30:18 AM PST by BAW (Ruck Fomney.)
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To: Keith in Iowa
Debbie Shultz best, closest, inseparable, life long, spiritual, blood brother, bestest, once joined at the hip friend is leaving Congress?

What is Debbie Shultz going to use for political propaganda now?

17 posted on 01/22/2012 11:30:29 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Oldexpat

I’m with you- Tucson Arizona was one of the most beautiful places I ever lived

I went outside every day

Didn’t even get a car (rode my motorcycle everywhere)

The heat is NOT as bad as you might thing because it is dry- i loved it there and am loooking for a way to go back as soon as possible

The shooting occurred at a store I went shopping at every week.


18 posted on 01/22/2012 11:30:49 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Gosh, the woman took a bullet to the head and went through hell. Even as a dyed-in-the-wool conservative she’d have my vote had she run. God help her.


19 posted on 01/22/2012 11:32:12 AM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Dengar01

She wasn’t a blue dog, unless you mean a lap dog for Pelosi. She never, ever defied the Democrat party on anything. On occasion, she would get a kitchen pass to allow her to vote the way her constituents wanted, but ONLY if her vote wasn’t needed.


20 posted on 01/22/2012 11:32:35 AM PST by Mr Rogers ("they found themselves made strangers in their own country")
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To: dead

Right you are, on wishing the lady the best and this being past due.

Am wondering if the timing could have anything to do with the Congress retirement benefits program and being in office for the length of time necessary to qualify to “retire”.


21 posted on 01/22/2012 11:32:35 AM PST by X-spurt
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To: Keith in Iowa

I wish her well. But as for those who made use of her for political purposes, I have little sympathy.

I imagine we’ll see more of that. She was a relatively conservative Democrat, and the district might well go Republican, so I expect the dirty tricksters will pull out all the stops again, blaming her shooting on Sarah Palin and the Christian Conservatives, who had her in their crosshairs.

Playing for the sympathy vote. I hope whoever runs for that district points out that the killer was a crazy, potheaded leftist, who was given a gun permit despite run-ins with the law because his mother was a high-up Democrat player.


22 posted on 01/22/2012 11:32:38 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Keith in Iowa

At least SHE cares enough about this Country to know when to step aside ... there are about 400 other Congress members who should do the same ... on both sides of the aisle.

We have to stop paying their salaries ... the original intent was not to make SERVING in Congress a life-long profession.

My gggggreatuncle had to pay his own way when he served in the House representing Virginia and later, Kentucky. Let the States that elect them support them ... with NO contributions from lobbyists or businesses, people, nations. Their pay should come from the people who elected them not from outside their district or State.


23 posted on 01/22/2012 11:32:43 AM PST by HighlyOpinionated (I am Roman Catholic, US Citizen, Patriot, TEA Party Alumni, Oath Keeper, Voter, Auburn Fan!)
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To: Keith in Iowa; Clintonfatigued; Impy; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; no dems; Kaslin; ...

Best wishes for her continuing recovery. She is very courageous and made the right decision. Her constituents have been without effective representation for over a year now.

This may be a GOP pick up as Jesse Kelly, who lost to Giffords by a small margin in 2010, has declared again.


24 posted on 01/22/2012 11:33:06 AM PST by randita
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To: randita; Clintonfatigued; Impy; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; no dems; Kaslin; Sun; SandRat; ...

While I didn’t like Ms. Giffords’ voting record, I never disliked her personally and I’m sure that we all wish her a full recovery and a happy future.


25 posted on 01/22/2012 11:36:11 AM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: Dengar01
Sad, she was a blue dog, I hope the scum who shot her gets to meet Bubba in the prison shower.

You obviously don't live in Tucson... Gabby "played" a Blue Dog while in Arizona, but she voted Liberal in DC. She did as told by Nancy Pelosi.

27 posted on 01/22/2012 11:39:21 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: HighlyOpinionated

>>At least SHE cares enough about this Country to know when to step aside

Ted Kennedy did not. He held onto his U.S. Senate seat till his last breath, then a temp. replacement (Kirk) was named
until the election was held. Ted’s health resulted in him missing a lot of votes and he COULD have stepped aside...


28 posted on 01/22/2012 11:43:06 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Clintonfatigued

I agree and I pray for her continued recovery.


29 posted on 01/22/2012 11:43:59 AM PST by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: dead
100% agree with you. What she suffered was not deserved by anyone, it was an unconscionable act by a deranged psychopath but the Citizens in her district deserve representation.

God speed to this lady!

30 posted on 01/22/2012 11:46:13 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio)
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To: Keith in Iowa
A Democrat who puts the best interests of her constituents ahead of her own interests?

Isn't that illegal?

32 posted on 01/22/2012 11:48:53 AM PST by Joe the Pimpernel (Too many lawmakers, too many laws, too many lawyers.)
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To: animal172
When will her husband announce his plans to replace her?

That won't happen. He is very happy living in Texas and so is she. I'm not sure what kind of person she was before but according to people that I know that have run in to her in Nassau Bay she is very sweet. My sis saw her a few days ago out eating and she said that Giffords really looks great and appears to be doing well for someone who has had a TBI.

I've been involved in supporting veterans with TBI for many years. TBI is a very tough thing not only the person who has been injured but also their family. It is good that she is leaving Congress to focus on her injury. Good for her family too because it takes the pressure of politics out things.

Giffords is a sweetie and I wish her all the best.

33 posted on 01/22/2012 11:49:10 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: Keith in Iowa
Self-sacrificing? Courageous? Really?

She began "serving" in Congress in January, 2007. She just retired. Why the long wait when it was clear she couldn't fulfill her duties long ago?

Members who participated in the congressional pension system are vested after five (5) years of service.

I won't be so nice about her departure... good riddance, you self-serving grifter. Sadly, you clearly belonged in Congress... your kind of people.

34 posted on 01/22/2012 11:51:36 AM PST by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: isthisnickcool

I wish Ms Giffords a full recovery and God’s graces.

Her husband and closest friends (Pelosi, Debbie wash your hair), however, are dog dirt. On a good day.


35 posted on 01/22/2012 11:55:20 AM PST by mwl8787
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To: Cowboy Bob
You obviously don't live in Tucson... Gabby "played" a Blue Dog while in Arizona, but she voted Liberal in DC.

When I lived in Tucson, Morris Udall did the same thing for years.

36 posted on 01/22/2012 11:55:46 AM PST by saminfl
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To: Keith in Iowa

As the mother of a closed-head injured daughter, I can attest to the fact that Rep. Giffords has a very long recovery ahead of her. Her age and the nature of the injury are working against her. Stress, particularly the kind of stress encountered as a U.S. Congressman would probably cause her to regress. Her ability to reason has to be greatly effected by this TBI. She said something publicaly this summer that showed she was not grasping the situation at hand. I wish I could remember it. But I immediately thought, that was the response of a Traumatic Brain Injured person. Sad. I wish her well and a full recovery. She made the right decision.


37 posted on 01/22/2012 11:57:27 AM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Oldexpat
Come on down! We could use the help! But be advised this is a Demo-crap stronghold. The city council is weighted heavy to the left and moves are continuously considered to impose fees, fines and service charges to bolster the budget and projects of value to the socialist left.

Research ‘Rio Nuevo, a special tax district the funds from which went to support downtown redevelopment which led to the loss of two-hundred thirty million dollars as a result of studies and mismanagement. All controlled by the left.
Research Umberto Lopez, owner of the Arizona Hotel, who is pursuing a tax break to remodel his hotel for occupancy after allowing it to fall into disrepair. Currently the city council is considering charging a fee to alarm owners to cover the response of law enforcement, whether or not they respond, which I have vowed in writing not to pay, to alarm activations. Recall also that southern Arizona nuts are considering breaking away from northern Arizona and forming their own state/country. Fanciful I know but illustrates the leftist thinking here.

There is much, much more. Choose your move to Arizona wisely. Still, we could use solid conservatives here.

38 posted on 01/22/2012 11:59:21 AM PST by chulaivn66
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To: Keith in Iowa

Waiting for Sen. Tim Johnson D-SD to show the same concern for his constituents and resign.


39 posted on 01/22/2012 12:01:39 PM PST by calico_thompson
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To: Keith in Iowa

I feel horrible for ANYONE who has taken a shot to the head and survived to tell about it.

However; a demonRAT, who steps down is a plus for America.

Coldhearted? Yes. But I care more for our country then some lame a$$ demonRAT......who, by the way, was shot by one OF HER OWN.


40 posted on 01/22/2012 12:02:51 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: NoGrayZone

>>>But to the vermin who blamed the shooting on Palin, I hope you rot in hell.

Dittos from me also on that.


41 posted on 01/22/2012 12:06:22 PM PST by razorbak
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To: Keith in Iowa

I just had a feeling that the media was trying to make her out to be more recovered than she really was.Yes she survived tremendous trauma but from what I’ve seen is still very far from 100% recovered.


42 posted on 01/22/2012 12:10:21 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Keith in Iowa
Prayers for her health and recovery but since the Rats have destroyed the country it's time for many others to follow her lead.
43 posted on 01/22/2012 12:11:05 PM PST by tobyhill (Obama, The Biggest Thief In American History)
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To: icwhatudo

No, she was liberal, just not liberal enough for the left-wing nutjob who shot her. Liberal but perhaps grounded a bit more in reality because her district wasn’t exactly like Pelosi’s.

The leftard who shot her was most recently pissed at her that she didn’t vote for Pelosi as minority leader.


44 posted on 01/22/2012 12:12:30 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Finally.

From a very tough lady.

Best to you Ms. Giffords.


45 posted on 01/22/2012 12:13:28 PM PST by upchuck (Let's have the Revolution NOW before we get dumbed down to the point that we can't.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

It is the right thing to do albeit a little tardy.

I imagine she was under pressure from fellow democrats to stay in the job.
They would love to use her “victimhood” in upcoming campaigns.


46 posted on 01/22/2012 12:14:18 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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47 posted on 01/22/2012 12:14:51 PM PST by narses
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To: Keith in Iowa

The media will play this as a victory for the hard Right.


48 posted on 01/22/2012 12:15:01 PM PST by Inwoodian
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To: Oldexpat

Before you leave, make sure that you drive around the state house with a huge Arizona or bust sign. :^D


49 posted on 01/22/2012 12:15:31 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: animal172
When will her husband annouce his plans to replace her?

Great minds think alike. I had the same thought when I read the headline.

50 posted on 01/22/2012 12:16:41 PM PST by TennesseeGirl
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