(VIDEO) Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Steps Down from Congress to Focus on Recovery
Today, just over one year after Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and others were shot at a political event at a Tucson grocery store, she announced in a video posted to her Facebook page that she is stepping down from Congress to focus on recovery.
According to a press release on her official site, Giffords will submit her letter of resignation this week to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and House Speaker John Boehner; Brewer will set a special election to decide who will fill her seat for the remainder of her term. Before she steps down, Giffords will attend President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday and finish the Congress on Your Corner event that was disrupted by the violence last year.
Some quotes from Giffords' video:
"A lot has happened over the past year. We cannot change that. But I know on the issues we fought for, we can change things for the better. Jobs, border security, veterans. We can do so much more by working together."
"I don't remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust that you placed in me to be your voice. Thank you for your prayers and giving me time to recover."
"I'm getting better every day. My spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country."
BlogHer has been following the story of the Tucson shootings over the past year, often from the point of view of Ashleigh Burroughs, a member of the BlogHer Publishing Network who is also in recovery after being shot at the Tucson event:
- Ashleigh Burroughs on Hospitals, Gabby Giffords, and Recovery by Ashleigh Burroughs
- Gabby, Are You Feeling the Love? by Ashleigh Burroughs
- Seriously? You Are Raffling a Glock? by Ashleigh Burroughs
- Shot at Tucson: Healing Through Typing by Ashleigh Burroughs
- The Giffords Tragedy: What's the Message to Young Women? by Gloria Feldt
Reaction in social media so far is mostly focused on the announcement and wishes for a speedy recovery to Rep. Giffords. (Story, including the video, may take a moment to load.)
Stay tuned for more analysis on what her departure may mean politically as we continue to cover this breaking story.
Jan. 8, 2012 - Tucson, Arizona - U.S. Rep. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS (D-Ariz.) addresses a crowd gathered at the University of Arizona in her first orchestrated appearance in Tucson since she was shot last year. At left is Giffords' husband, MARK KELLY. (Credit Image: © Will Seberger/UPPA/ZUMAPRESS.com)