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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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KEYWORDS: 112th; gabbygiffords; giffords
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To: Steelfish

Would you really vote for someone based on tragedy in her life? I wish her well personally, but she should have resigned at the first chance to express herself. The congressional delegation from her home state should have asked for a resignation based upon her inability to do anything but get well.


101 posted on 01/22/2012 1:51:08 PM PST by runninglips (Republicans = 99 lb weaklings of politics. ProgressiveRepublicansInConservativeCostume)
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To: runninglips

Sometimes yes. There is more to life than politics.


102 posted on 01/22/2012 1:54:49 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Buffalo Head

No, this is not shallow thinking. There are times in life when decency trumps politics. You don’t want to compound the hurt by having her suffer an electoral loss as well. “Part of this nation’s problems” are people who cannot rise above politics and do what is decent. If she were running for President then it’s different.


103 posted on 01/22/2012 1:59:28 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: All

Why retire, she was the perfect democrat..


104 posted on 01/22/2012 2:11:52 PM PST by newnhdad
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To: SueRae
”She was working on a piece of legislation that either rolled back Congressional salaries or spending just prior to the savage attack”

Almost hard to believe with the likes of Blabberman Schultz being one of her close confidantes. More likely trying to build up her Moderate/Conservative standing for reelection. That bill had no chance of going anywhere. Having said that good luck to her on the rehab.

105 posted on 01/22/2012 2:20:14 PM PST by DAC21
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To: Keith in Iowa

Good call from her.


106 posted on 01/22/2012 2:25:51 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Keith in Iowa

About Time. No worries, she gets money for life anyway


107 posted on 01/22/2012 2:33:27 PM PST by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: Steelfish

“...took a bullet to the head and went through hell...”
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A poor reason to support her as your representative.


108 posted on 01/22/2012 2:34:09 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: All

Remember: She VOTED Aug. 1, 2011 on the debt ceiling increase... let there be no question of having to wait until now to resign based on competency... if she was competent to VOTE, she could have resigned any time since then... conversely, if she was not competent until now, her vote in August was FRAUD.


109 posted on 01/22/2012 2:34:20 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmit. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: Repeal The 17th

One doesn’t add to grief. Sometimes basic decency trumps politics when its a congressional district to which she had been elected to serve and was cut short by a point blank bullet to her head.


110 posted on 01/22/2012 2:37:52 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Keith in Iowa
I know I'll catch flak for this, but she should never have been allowed to hold her seat in the first place. All she did was act as a place holder for another democrat vote.

It's the same thing that happened to, I think, a senator in the Dakotas somewhere after he suffered from some sort of injury/health issue. The senate kept him in office in order to keep another seat firmly in the democratic caucus.

I wish her nothing but the best, but it's time for the democrats to start playing by the rules.

111 posted on 01/22/2012 2:47:18 PM PST by ducttape45
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To: Keith in Iowa
My prayers are with her, what a tragedy.

She is doing the right thing in stepping down.

112 posted on 01/22/2012 3:03:20 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: Keith in Iowa

She made the right decision.


113 posted on 01/22/2012 3:09:31 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Steelfish
“There are times in life when decency trumps politics.”

Maybe in some rare circumstance where the call is close, but I don’t define ‘decency’ as pity for a left wing radical which would allow her to further an agenda of destroying the country we knew and loved.

114 posted on 01/22/2012 3:15:03 PM PST by Buffalo Head (Illigitimi non carborundum)
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To: Steelfish

That’s ridiculous. Duty trumps most all things. It was indecent for her to hold office, or to run for office when she was unable to serve.

And it is likely her health and recovery took a hit just for the stress of running and the public and political appearances and travels she made, on account of her NOT retiring into the full quietude needed to recover.

WHO was indecent and wrong to her? Those driven by both emotional and political reflex. The latter worst in the persons that exploited her. But if folks have fallen to immature selfish emotionally driven reactions like the one you seem to have, then the politicians did what they always do. Play to the whims of the mob.

The fix is to stop being a mob. Start being responsible adults. If male, be a Man. If female try to be a Woman of Valor.

Then the wounded and sick have a better chance everywhere.


115 posted on 01/22/2012 3:15:28 PM PST by bvw
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Amen, and Amen!


116 posted on 01/22/2012 3:15:30 PM PST by matthew fuller (Mitt is not a used car salesman- he's an aborted fetus salesman! http://www.stopstericycle.com/)
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To: dead
"This is overdue by a mile. "

There is likelihood of ramifications to insurance coverage termination.

117 posted on 01/22/2012 3:21:20 PM PST by matthew fuller (Mitt is not a used car salesman- he's an aborted fetus salesman! http://www.stopstericycle.com/)
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To: HighlyOpinionated

the idea behind good bennies and good pay for politicians is that it is supposed to prevent them being bribed.

My take about the congresswoman is that if she were a republican there would have been daily articles about how she should step down for “the good of the people.”


118 posted on 01/22/2012 3:24:16 PM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Live Well Gabby.


119 posted on 01/22/2012 3:25:25 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Keith in Iowa

This is w...nsfe.


120 posted on 01/22/2012 3:38:55 PM PST by waus (FUBO UFCMF, Just in case I stuttered, FUBO)
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To: Steelfish

There isn’t more to life than politics, in a political race. This is not personal, it is looking for the very best person to implement an agenda.......PERIOD......


121 posted on 01/22/2012 3:39:17 PM PST by runninglips (Republicans = 99 lb weaklings of politics. ProgressiveRepublicansInConservativeCostume)
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To: Vince Ferrer
Members who participated in the congressional pension system are vested after five (5) years of service.

Yes, she may have timed her announcement after she became vested, but in this case I wouldn't hold it against her.

I agree. To me, this is the same as a worker's comp case. We the taxpayers, as her employer, should pay for an injury sustained at a work-related function. Let's give her a pass for staying until vested. She's resigning as soon as she possibly could after vesting and I applaud that action.

122 posted on 01/22/2012 3:39:53 PM PST by Tazlo
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To: devolve; ntnychik; Keith in Iowa

I wish her well in her recovery but it is time for her to resign.


123 posted on 01/22/2012 3:49:59 PM PST by potlatch (*snip*~ Having the right to be angry does not give one the right to be cruel. ~*snip*)
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To: Lancey Howard
"She'll make the perfect rat senatorial candidate someday soon. I don't know much about Giffords..."

From Texas? Huh huh huh.

124 posted on 01/22/2012 3:56:12 PM PST by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: Oldexpat
it is time to get another GOP seat in Congress. That could be the next district we live in when we leave CA.

That may be a tall order in Tucson. It would appear that your California ex-pats of the liberal persuasion tend to settle in Tucson so they can try and recreate a little bit of heaven in the desert. With lower taxes, of course -- for the meantime.

125 posted on 01/22/2012 3:57:57 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: cradle of freedom
"This flushed out the double dealing *blue dogs* who finally had to vote with the liberals but not before extracting a lot of money from the Dem leaders for betraying their *deeply held* prolife beliefs."

They needed the grift -- over half of those Blue Dogs were sent to the pound in 2010.

126 posted on 01/22/2012 3:58:34 PM PST by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: Steelfish

“...One doesn’t add to grief. Sometimes basic decency trumps politics...”
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You are wrong to think you should keep your representative in congress
just out of pity for her plight.
No.
Just no.
Just hell no.


127 posted on 01/22/2012 3:58:56 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: driftdiver

“She was the target of an assassination attempt while performing her official duties. I don’t begrudge her being given a pension any more than I do a veteran who is wounded in the line of duty.”

Line of duty?

Her DUTY was advancing the cause of the Democrat Party.

I was one of the thousands of constituents who had to protest repeatedly outside her office just to get her to agree to hold town hall meetings. When she finally did, she make it abundantly clear that Pelosi’s opinion mattered to her, and ours did not.

On the stimulus bill, she voted against it - per her constituents will. HOWEVER, she stood within an arm’s reach of Pelosi as the vote continued, ready to switch her vote to YES if needed.

Maybe you consider LYING to advance SOCIALISM and Big Government honorable service. I do not.

She was a lying, dishonest ass who did her best to advance the cause of asses everywhere. For the last year, she hasn’t represented ANYONE in Congress...but she stayed in to collect her pension. Because, after all, she provided 5 years of “service”!!!!!!

Shame on YOU!


128 posted on 01/22/2012 3:59:43 PM PST by Mr Rogers ("they found themselves made strangers in their own country")
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To: Keith in Iowa

I don’t understand this. Brain injuries have never stopped Democrats from running for public office before.

Patsy Mink...Tim Johnson...

I think it’s tradition.


130 posted on 01/22/2012 4:07:26 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

It would have been a great story if she had recovered to an extent that she could have been an effective congressperson but her condition probably does not allow her to do what she otherwise would be able to do. Best of luck her and wish her as full a recovery as possible.


131 posted on 01/22/2012 4:07:52 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule (Lets institute SARAH-ia law in America!)
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To: Keith in Iowa

She did what anyone would do....keep you job and the health care coverage to pay those huge bills, as long as you can.


132 posted on 01/22/2012 4:13:03 PM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (It is going to be Foot to Ass combat on election day....my foot and a Rat's ass.)
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To: Steelfish

“There are times in life when decency trumps politics. You don’t want to compound the hurt by having her suffer an electoral loss as well. “Part of this nation’s problems” are people who cannot rise above politics and do what is decent. “

Really? It is cruel for a person to be removed from office? It would be too much torment for a democrat politician to stand to leave office?

She seems to have managed now that she gets a pension...


133 posted on 01/22/2012 4:14:04 PM PST by Mr Rogers ("they found themselves made strangers in their own country")
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To: BfloGuy

Gabby won her last election by 1%. It was and is NOT a safe seat for democrats. WEST Tucson is, but east Tucson and the rural communities of SE Arizona...not safe.


134 posted on 01/22/2012 4:16:39 PM PST by Mr Rogers ("they found themselves made strangers in their own country")
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To: Keith in Iowa

Best thoughts and prayers for Mrs. Giffords and her family.


135 posted on 01/22/2012 4:18:21 PM PST by DemforBush (Are you any better off than you were $6 trillion ago?)
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To: Keith in Iowa
May she be blessed and get even better. She will never be the same though.

My husband had a bleed in his brain and it took a lot of physical therapy. He is doing very well, but like I said never the same as before.

136 posted on 01/22/2012 4:18:57 PM PST by Spunky (Sarah Palin on Polls "Poles are for Strippers and Cross Country Skiers")
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139 posted on 01/22/2012 4:25:43 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: Keith in Iowa

I wish her well. I think this decision was inevitable.


140 posted on 01/22/2012 4:31:07 PM PST by South40 (Mitt is full of Shtt)
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To: Keith in Iowa

God Bless Her. Hope she recovers fully.


141 posted on 01/22/2012 4:35:11 PM PST by napscoordinator (Newt MUST win the nomination to get rid of Romney and Obama....Dear God let November 2012 go our way)
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To: Cyber Liberty

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

He has already declared? Good news! He will win this time.

** & if her husband runs, Jesse Kelly vs Mark Kelly??
GOOD GRIEF!!


142 posted on 01/22/2012 4:36:32 PM PST by rainee
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To: driftdiver

I’m “off the wall nuts” for not liking a dishonest democrat who lied about her votes, and consistently did whatever Pelosi wanted?

Maybe you’re on the wrong forum...


145 posted on 01/22/2012 5:03:57 PM PST by Mr Rogers ("they found themselves made strangers in their own country")
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To: Cowboy Bob; Mr Rogers

I see a lot of people on this first page who clearly don’t live here and have no clue what a Communist sympathizer Giffords was.

Thank you for posting the truth about the “blue dog” propaganda.


146 posted on 01/22/2012 5:04:11 PM PST by Borax Queen
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To: Keith in Iowa

If I’m reading this right: she voted for Porkulus, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank and lots of other bad legislation.

So like most of her ilk, she’ll now leave since she’s destroyed enough - and she’ll be called a hero for it.

Wonderful....


148 posted on 01/22/2012 5:09:48 PM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Steelfish; 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.

YMBSM!

149 posted on 01/22/2012 5:10:35 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: runninglips; Steelfish
Would you really vote for someone based on tragedy in her life?

Life long Kennedy supporter?

150 posted on 01/22/2012 5:11:30 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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