Morning Mix: Giffords Speaks To Constituents, While Her Husband Writes the Memoir

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 hed 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 hed 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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William C
William C3 months ago


W. C
W. C3 months ago

Thank you for the information.

tiffany t.
tiffany t6 years ago

What a beautiful couple!

Ana G.
.6 years ago

Yea, hard to take seriously a journalistic who cannot spell.

Eric Simpson
Eric Simpson6 years ago

What exactly is a "hubad"? As typos go, that's a doozy.

Steve R.
Steve R6 years ago

Marianne C - I agree entirely that Sarah Palin is politically dangerous.

However - I sure hope you're not trying to suggest that we should ban gun ownership because there are Sarah Palins or people like the parents that owned the gun that injured your step-nephew?

I'm glad you stated that he was injured by "another child" - not a "gun". Because guns do not fire themselves and they are no more dangerous - even LESS dangerous, than a 2 ton car in the hands of a stupid, irresponsible, perhaps drunk or drugged driver.

You wouldn't ban cars - would you?

And unfortunately, you couldn't ban Sarah Palin either - even if this kook did commit this crime because of something she said or did.

Marianne C.
Marianne C6 years ago

Personally. I think Sarah Palin might as well have put her "gun site" logo on Giffords' head as on a map of her district.

I would accept the argument that the shooter was genuinely insane. But that's exactly the kind of person to whom violent imagery and rhetoric appeal.

Shortly after Giffords was shot, my 11-year-old step-nephew was shot in the head by another child. The shooter was playing with a gun owned by his parents -- who, and this is again my own opinion, are as crazy as sh*thouse bats.

Like Giffords, this little boy survived, but with "difficulties." The bullet destroyed one ear canal, so he's deaf on that side. He is also vision impaired now. he has some coordination issues.

But he can speak, and he could remember what really happened before the shooting, and could tell the true story to the police.

I have moments when I think Sarah Palin and her violent, gun-centirc rhetoric might as well have drawn a target on his little head, too.

Steve R.
Steve R6 years ago

Patricia A - He was targeting Gabby Giffords specifically huh?

I guess he just shot a bunch of other people because he didn't want them to feel left out huh?

He was mentally ill!

He was not a Republican or Tea Party kook - his voter registration was "Independent" - my correction - not Democrat.

According to the FBI - he was targeting the political system - not Gabby Giffords specifically. He was a "politically radical loner".

But - saying he was a Tea Party kook just sounds so much better to liberals, doesn't it?

I get my news from multiple places where I can sift out the truth - not only from Care2 or the "liberal" media.

Patricia A.
Patricia A6 years ago

Steve R. there were documents that definitely showed he was targeting Gabby. Where do you get your news?

Sue Jones
Sue Jones6 years ago

Come on guys - Ms. Gifford was shot by a truly mentally ill person. There is no more evidence to suggest he is a "registered democrat" as john h claims or a tea party adherent as Maurice alludes to. Howeverr, he may well have been pushed over the edge by the hate filled rhetoric we encourage in our electoral process.