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Giffords’ Husband Blasts Boehner for Not Visiting

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Representative Gabrielle Giffords‘s husband slams House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) in the couple’s joint memoir for not visiting his wife after she was shot early this year.

“Considering that she was a member of Congress and he was the highest-ranking member, we thought he’d ask to visit Gabby or at least give a call to see how she was doing,” writes Mark Kelly, as first reported by The Hill. “Our only contact with him had been a simple get-well card he’d sent a few days after Gabby was injured.”

In fact, Speaker Boehner would not have had to travel far to visit Rep. Giffords. While she was in rehabilitation in Houston, the Speaker visited the city to watch a basketball game. Foul, Mr. Speaker!

Capt. Kelly suggests there was tension between his wife and Speaker Boehner in the lead-up to her heated 2010 re-election bid. When the couple spotted Speaker Boehner at a D.C restaurant, a smiling Rep. Giffords approached Rep. Boehner and said, “You stay out my district. OK. Remember. Stay out of my district,” Capt. Kelly recounts in the book.

The Arizona lawmaker, according to Capt. Kelly, “was trying to be funny but she was also giving him notice,” noting Rep. Boehner looked “uncomfortable.”

Rep. Boehner’s spokesman, Michael Steel, told the Daily News that “The Speaker and his staff have been in close contact with Rep. Giffords’ staff throughout this difficult ordeal, and the Speaker met with Mr. Kelly in recent weeks about an appropriate memorial for [Giffords’s] slain staffer Gabe Zimmerman in the Capitol.”

Rep. Giffords was shot in January by Jared Loughner, who opened fire on her with a Glock 19 outside an event in Tucson. The spree left six dead and thirteen injured.

The lawmaker gave her first television interview to ABC on Monday, in which she spoke in clear, brief sentences. Giffords said she would return to Congress if she got better.

The couple’s book, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, was released Tuesday.

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Gabrielle Giffords Attends Husband’s Retirement Party

In a rare public appearance on Thursday, Representative Gabrielle Giffords attended an event to mark the retirement of her husband Mark Kelly. She pinned a medal on Kelly’s jacket and, while she didn’t make a statement, offered plenty of smiles.

Of Rep. Giffords and her astronaut husband, Vice President Joe Biden offered the following:

It’s not every day you encounter examples of sheer, sheer courage and selflessness and dedication like you see in this couple.

In his remarks to the audience, Kelly said of his wife, “Gabby, you remind me every day to deny the acceptance of failure. I look forward to the next phase of our life together and watching all of your future achievements.”

The next phase includes plans to release a memoir together next month.

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Gabby Giffords Now Knows Who Was Killed in January Attack

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Representative Gabrielle Giffords was made aware last month of who was killed during the January 8 shooting rampage that left her wounded.

The dead included Rep. Giffords’s aid, Gabe Zimmerman; a Federal District Court judge, John Roll; and Christina Green, who was nine.  Six people were killed, and thirteen total were wounded in the attack.

The man charged in the attack, Jared L. Loughner, is in a prison in Missouri, after being determined incompetent to stand trial on forty-nine charges.

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Gabby Giffords Returns to House to Vote on Debt Ceiling

President Barack Obama has signed the bill to raise the United States debt ceiling, averting potential economic disaster. It should come as no surprise that the debate was full of bitter partisanship and angry rhetoric, and that the process came down to the last minute.

That doesn’t mean the process of raising the debt ceiling did not have its moments of surprise.

On Monday evening, with two minutes to go on a vote in the House of Representatives, a smattering of applause began in a corner of the House chamber. It slowly dawned on each Congressman why the vote stopped and the clapping started: Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in January, appeared in the chamber to cast her vote.

For the moments it took Rep. Giffords to walk to her seat, the entire House joined in applause and the bitterly partisan atmosphere vanished (however briefly).

The vote board, which had been stuck near 200 for minutes, clicked suddenly to 216 affirmative votes needed to pass the bill.

The Capitol looks beautiful tonight,” Rep. Giffords tweeted, “and I am honored to be at work tonight.”

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Arizona Democrats Demur to Rep. Giffords in Senate Race

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The aides of Gabrielle Giffords publicly say they want nothing more than the Congresswoman to recover from the gunshot wound she suffered in January. Privately, however, there is whispering that she might recover well enough to run for the seat that Senator Jon Kyl is vacating next year.

Out of respect for Rep. Giffords, other prospective Democratic candidates have demurred throwing their hats into the race. They plan to jump in only if Rep. Giffords bows out. Nonetheless, they are quietly lining up support to kick off a campaign if Rep. Giffords does not run for the Senate seat. Time, they know, is of the essence in trying to fill an Arizona seat with a Democrat.

Republicans have already started scrabbling over the seat. They have begun organizing their campaigns and fund-raising.

Rep. Giffords’s allies are fund-raising as well, boosting her Congressional campaign war chest. It is up to Rep. Giffords whether these funds will be used for a Senatorial or Congressional campaign. She had expressed interest in running for the Senate in the past.

One of Rep. Giffords’s staffers said that she informed her boss after Sen. Kyl announced his retirement that her name had come up as a potential replacement. In response, Rep. Giffords smiled.

Via NYT.

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Rep. Giffords to Attend Space Shuttle Launch

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It was reported Thursday that Representative Gabrielle Giffords will take a break from her rehabilitation next month to see her husband, Mark Kelly, launch the space shuttle.

The Arizona congresswoman was last seen on January 8, the day she was shot in Tucson.

Via The New York Times.

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Rep. Giffords to Leave Hospital

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Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot through the head on January 8, is likely going to leave the hospital in Tucson Friday and move to the TIRR Memorial Hermann rehabilitation hospital in Houston to continue her recovery, a spokeswoman for Rep. Giffords said Wednesday. The Houston hospital is one of the top rehabilitation centers in the country.

On Wednesday, Rep. Giffords, with the help of medical personnel, left her bed and stood by the window in her room.

Also Wednesday, a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Jared L. Loughner for attempting to kill Rep. Giffords and two aides. A United States attorney suggested that more charges are coming. An arraignment, at which Loughner will enter a plea, is scheduled Monday in Federal District Court in Phoenix.

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