In an move that many expected might happen, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords announced via video tape that she will step down from Congress. She plans to continue her fight to get better and improve, following last year’s horrific shooting. Neither her husband, Mark, or anyone in her staff office will seek her seat. Giffords will return to Washington this week to attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, marking one of her final acts as a member of Congress. She will also meet privately in Tucson with constituents who were attending the meet-and-greet at a Safeway supermarket where the shooting occurred. The Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer must set a special election within 80-90 days following her resignation. Giffords is set to resign this week.
She will always be known for her strength and steadfast and immovable faith to heal and get better. She says she is getting better. Her spirits are high. And she will return. I hope so.
Here is the transcript of the video in Gabby’s words:
“Arizona is my home, always will be. 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 you placed in me to be your voice. Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week. I’m getting better. Every day, my spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country. Thank you very much.”