Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona has been struggling to return to her every day life since the assassination attempt early this year. Now, she’s making her first steps, announcing to her constituents that she wants to get back to work. “In the recorded message addressed to her constituents and posted on the Democrat’s Facebook page Giffords, speaking in short phrases, said, ‘I want to get back to work. Representing Arizona is my honor…I’m getting stronger. I’m getting better…It has been a hard year — for all of us. Thinking of that day makes me sad. Six people died. Six innocent people. So many people hurt. There is lot to say. I will speak better.’”
But her recorded message isn’t the only way she is reaching out. The Democratic Congresswoman had a must see interview on ABC, and her new memoir, “Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope,” written by her astronaut husband Mark Kelly, is hitting the shelves. The book details the life the two had together prior to the shooting and the long road her recovery has taken so far.
Also released in the book, a possible snub of the wounded congresswoman by Speaker of the House John Boehner. According to The Hill, Boehner was visiting Houston for a basketball game yet he never bothered to stop in and visit Giffords in her rehab center while he was there. “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. Our only contact with him had been a simple get-well card he’d sent a few days after Gabby was injured,” her husband noted, adding “Maybe she scared him off.”
But Boehner wasn’t the only Republican to irk Giffords and Kelly. Kelly wrote of his wife’s unhappiness with seeing the “crosshairs” target on her district in the campaigning done by former Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Even before the shooting, Giffords though Palin went too far. “Kelly recounts that Giffords’ told him that ‘Palin’s rhetoric had no place in political discourse.’ ‘It sends the wrong messages,’ he recalls Giffords saying. ‘It’s a dangerous thing to do.”
However, the memoir isn’t all politics and healing. It also delves into more personal moments about the couple, such as their desire to start their own family.
Giffords currently has not ruled on whether she will run for reelection in 2012.
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