“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.”
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.