Perhaps the only real positive moment from the House debt ceiling vote was the surprise appearance of Arizona Democrat Gabrielle Giffords, who cast her first official vote since she was shot in January. But now that she’s been on the floor, the questions on everyone’s mind are, is she back for good, and what next?
With Gifford’s attention still focused mainly on physical and speech therapy as she recovers from an assassination attempt in her home district, others have been pulling together to ensure that if she does decide to run for reelection, she’s not far behind in her bid. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has put her on their list for key support in 2012, and multiple Democratic leaders have either hosted or are preparing to host fundraisers in her honor. So far, those efforts have put $700,000 in her coffers, according to Politico.
Her campaign team has stated she has made no decisions about reelection yet, stating the Congresswoman is “focusing on recovery.” But that hasn’t stopped many from wondering if maybe the decision isn’t just about her House seat, but the open senate seat that will be vacated by Republican Senator John Kyl. When questioned about the possibility, Kyl replied, “[W]e should let her concentrate on her recovery.”
Giffords has until the May filing deadline to make her final reelection decision.
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