Jesse Kelly Calls Gabrielle Giffords ‘A Hero Of Nothing’ In New Democratic Ad

Gabrielle Giffords

The Huffington Post

A Democratic super PAC is airing a new ad in the special election race to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) that features Republican Jesse Kelly calling her a “hero of nothing.”

“And now she stands there with that smile and pretends to be some type of hometown hero,” Kelly says in the clip, which began airing Monday. “She’s a hero of nothing.”

Kelly made the comment at a campaign event in August 2010, less than half a year before the Tucson shooting rampage that left six dead and 13 wounded, including Giffords.

A call to Kelly’s campaign regarding the comments was not immediately returned.

The ad marks the first time in this election cycle that Democrats have sought to highlight Kelly’s past comments regarding Giffords, to whom he lost in 2010 by fewer than 2 percentage points.

The clip also highlights Kelly supporting a zero percent corporate tax rate and the abolition of a minimum wage, as well as his characterization of Medicare and Social Security as ponzi schemes.

Kelly is currently locked in a tight race with Democrat Ron Barber to finish Giffords’ term. Giffords will make a rare public appearance with Barber, a former aide whom she explicitly asked to run, at an event on Saturday.

The six-figure ad campaign, spearheaded by House Majority PAC, will run through election day.

Watch the ad here:

Ariz. GOP raffling off Glock gun

The Arizona GOP is fundraising by raffling off the same brand of gun used to shoot Giffords. | AP Photo

The Pima County Republican Party can find a much less offensive way of raising money.  This is absurd.


Arizona Republicans are fundraising by raffling off a Glock pistol, the same brand of gun used to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords just eight months ago.

On Aug. 26, the Pima County Republican Party sent out an online newsletter that described the raffle as part of an initiative to raise money for get out the vote efforts, according to the Huffington Post, which first spotted the newsletter.

“Get yourself a new Glock 23 .40 cal handgun for just 10 bucks — if your name is drawn. That’s right, for just 10 collars this gun could be yours,” reads the advertisement. 125 tickets will be sold.

Giffords was shot in the head on Jan. 8, 2011, in Pima County. Nineteen others were shot, of whom six were killed. Jared Lee Loughner was arrested as the gunman.

Giffords returned to Congress at the beginning of this month to vote on raising the debt-ceiling, sparking a bipartisan standing ovation.

“I think it shows a stunning lack of judgement and decency at a time like this, when the community is still grieving and healing over the events of January 8th,” said Jeff Rogers, chairman of the Pima County Democratic Party. “Raffles are fine – how about an iPad, or a bag of golf clubs… if you want to honor the 2nd amendment, why not raffle off a shotgun or a hunting rifle?”

Opposition to the Glock raffle appeared to have bipartisan support.

“There’s a woman who has a bullet in the brain and who everybody is wishing a full recovery,” Brian Miller, the immediate past chair of the Pima County GOP told Talking Points Memo. “I don’t think that raffling off a firearm right now is probably the right way to go.”

Giffords’ office declined to comment, and spokesman Mark Kimble told POLITICO that “we don’t comment on political matters.” The Pima County Republican Party has not responded to a request for comment.

The model of gun being raffled is not the same as the one used by Loughner during the shooting. The Glock being raffled by the Republican group is a Glock 23.Loughner reportedly used a Glock 19. The Glock 23 is designed to hold more powerful ammunition than the Glock 19.

Sales of Glocks rose in the immediate aftermath of Giffords’s shooting.

More on Gabby Giffords

Think Progress


This evening, as the House of Representatives convened to vote on the debt ceiling plan, Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) made a surprise appearance to cast her first vote since the shooting earlier this year. Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) praised Giffords, noting the admiration the country has for her.

As the CSPAN cameras panned to the back of the room, Giffords could be seen surrounded her cheering colleagues. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) at one point reaches out to hold Giffords’ hand as the entire House erupts in applause.

Watch the video here:

Gabrielle Giffords Returns To Congress To Vote On Debt Ceiling Deal (PHOTO)

When I saw Mrs. Giffords on my television screen inside the House chambers, I was delighted!  I’m not sure how many people knew she would be there to vote, but it was a very pleasant surprise to a very unpleasant “compromise” procedure…

Huffington Post

Seven months after she was shot in the head by a gunman in Tucson, Arizona, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) made a surprise and emotional return to the House floor on Monday, casting a vote in favor of a bill to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.

Giffords entered the chamber to sustained, standing applause, shaking hands with colleagues whom she had not seen since that January day. Her vote, a sideshow to the far more important and compelling personal drama, was in favor of the bill, which passed through the chamber by a margin of 269 to 161.

“I have closely followed the debate over our debt ceiling and have been deeply disappointed at what’s going on in Washington,” Giffords said, in a statement from her office. “After weeks of failed debate in Washington, I was pleased to see a solution to this crisis emerge. I strongly believe that crossing the aisle for the good of the American people is more important than party politics. I had to be here for this vote. I could not take the chance that my absence could crash our economy.”

Giffords’ office tweeted word of her return to Washington after the vote had begun. And as she showed up on the floor — smiling and with her hair cut short — the attention of lawmakers drifted from the vote tally to her presence. Her office, in a statement, noted that in December 2009 and again in February 2010, she had objected to raising the nation’s debt limit. This vote, the statement added, “was substantially different, with the strength of the U.S. economy hanging in the balance.”

After the vote was cast, Giffords received multiple additional rounds of applause, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.) called her “the personification of courage.”

“Her presence here in the chamber as well as her service throughout her career in Congress, brings honor to this chamber,” Pelosi said. “Thank you, Gabby.”

Below, a picture of the congresswoman on Capitol Hill from HuffPost’s Jen Bendery:

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Gabrielle Giffords Comments on Eric Cantor’s Intelligence

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Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) reached another milestone in her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head when doctors determined that her knowledge of the United States Constitution has exceeded that of her uninjured Republican colleague Eric Cantor (R-VA).

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz had dinner with Giffords and shared several stories of recent congressional events with the recovering congresswoman. 

One of the stories involved Cantor’s “Government Shutdown Prevention Act.”  The proposed act stated that, “if the Senate fails to pass a measure before April 6, 2011 providing for the appropriations of the departments and agencies of the Government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, H.R. 1 (as passed by the House on February 19, 2011) becomes law.”

Upon hearing this, Giffords smiled and said, “Eric Cantor is dumber than a box of hammers.”  This is believed to be the longest sentence that Ms. Giffords has spoken since she said, “I was watching Hannity.  Did George Bush really shoot bin Laden?”

Big step: Aides say Giffords speaking

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This is an extraordinary step in the journey to recovery for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.  According to all reports she has been making  remarkable progress.

The Arizona Republic

Among her first words, she asks for some toast

Recovering U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is making progress word by word and bite by bite.

Giffords, who was shot in the head during a Jan. 8 assassination attempt, recently has started speaking again. Among her first words was a Monday request for toast with her breakfast, her congressional staff said.

“She has rigorous therapy every day, including speech therapy,” said C.J. Karamargin, her spokesman. “Congresswoman Giffords is working very hard, and it is paying off.”

The latest developments are encouraging for Giffords but not necessarily that unusual, said Dr. Christina Kwasnica, director of the neurorehabilitation program at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

“It’s always a very good sign once patients are able to eat and, definitely based on her injury, it’s a good sign that she’s able to talk,” said Kwasnica, who was speaking generally and does not have any specific insight into Giffords’ treatment. “Those are signs that she is moving forward. It’s a slow process, but these first types of changes usually occur within a month, six weeks, maybe up to eight weeks.”

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Gabrielle Giffords to leave Tucson for Texas rehab center today


Congresswoman headed for Memorial Hermann facility in Houston 13 days after shooting

U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords will be moved Friday from the University Medical Center in Tucson to a special rehabilitation facility in Houston, Texas, just 13 days after she was shot in the head.

The move was due to take place a day after she emerged from the hospital for the first time to take a breath of fresh air, feel sunshine on her face and just enjoy the view.

It was another turning point in her recovery and was intended to lift her spirits and help her get onto a regular sleep pattern, doctors said.

“It was a chance to see the mountains (around Tucson) one more time before she leaves to go to Houston tomorrow,” said Jo Marie Gellerman, a spokeswoman for the medical center.

Giffords, hospitalized since the shocking Jan. 8 shooting spree outside a Tucson supermarket, has “made a remarkable recovery,” her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly said at a new conference. “She is a fighter like nobody else that I know.”

Giffords will be transported to the TIRR Memorial Hermann Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston, a world-class facility that treats people for conditions ranging from brain and spinal cord injury to multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

The plan is to drive her from UMC to an airport in Tucson, then take her by air ambulance to Houston, where she likely will be flown by helicopter to the Memorial Hermann facility, doctors said.    More…

Video: Mark Kelly: Wife’s rapid recovery ‘quite inspiring’

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Police Seize ‘Large Amount’ Of Weapons From Blogger Who Praised Gifffords Shooting: ‘1 Down And 534 To Go’

This is not an anomaly, this is the norm within today’s volatile political rhetoric and it needs to be discussed…

Think Progress

Police in Arlington, MA this week seized a “large amount” of weapons and ammunition from local businessman Travis Corcoran after he wrote a blog post threatening U.S. lawmakers in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). In a post on his blog (which has since been removed) titled “1 down and 534 to go” — 1 referring to Giffords and 534 referring to the rest of the House of Representatives and the Senate — Corcoran applauded the shooting of Giffords and justified the assassination of lawmakers because he argued the federal government has grown far beyond its constitutional limits. “It is absolutely, absolutely unacceptable to shoot indiscriminately. Target only politicians and their staff and leave regular citizens alone,” he wrote in the post.

“We certainly take this as a credible threat,” Arlington police Captain Robert Bongiorno told reporters, adding that “multiple federal law enforcement agencies” were involved. Authorities also suspended Corcoran’s gun license, though he is currently not facing any charges.

Corcoran calls himself “an anarcho-capitalist” and while his blog has been taken down, based on his Twitter page, he appears to hold views similar to those of many in the anti-government libertarian wing of the conservative movement, like many tea party activists. Anarcho-capitalism is a radical subset of libertarianism, and is often referred to as “libertarian-anarchy.” For example, echoing calls from many on the right, Corcoran tweeted, “it is unconstitutional for the Feds to even run a department of education.”    More…

Congresswoman Giffords To Be Moved To Houston

The Congresswoman’s progress has been phenomenal…

Huffington Post

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be moved Friday to a rehabilitation hospital in Houston to begin the next phase of her recovery from a gunshot wound, barring medical issues that would delay the transfer, her family said Wednesday.

Giffords’ husband said his wife’s care will continue at TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital in Houston, where he lives and works as an astronaut. Doctors say the exact day of the move will depend on Giffords’ health.

“I am extremely hopeful at the signs of recovery that my wife has made since the shooting,” Mark Kelly said in a statement released by Giffords’ congressional office. “The team of doctors and nurses at UMC has stabilized her to the point of being ready to move to the rehabilitation phase.”

Kelly is scheduled to command NASA’s last space shuttle flight in April, but that’s uncertain now.  He has been a constant presence at Giffords’ bedside since rushing to Tucson after first getting word of the attack.

Giffords was gravely wounded by a gunshot to the forehead on Jan. 8 as she was meeting with constituents outside a grocery store in Tucson. The gunman shot 18 other people, killing six and wounding 12 more.

Since then, Giffords has been at University Medical Center in Tucson, where her condition has improved almost daily, doctors have said.

Word of the move was met with elation from Giffords’ friends and others who have been visiting the three-term Democrat at the hospital.

“It’s good news for all of us and for all the people who have been praying for wisdom and strength for the surgeons and others who have been helping her,” said Stephanie Aaron, Giffords’ rabbi at Congregation Chaverim in Tucson. “It’s nothing short of a miracle, but it’s also Gabby’s will to fight. It’s her strength of spirit.”

Giffords’ neurosurgeon said the family considered hospitals around the country, including in Washington, D.C., New York and Chicago.   More…


HuffPo: Gabrielle Giffords Smiled In Hospital, Husband Says (LATEST UPDATES)

I am inclined to believe that Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords will be making a complete recovery, based on her remarkable progress in just one week.

ABC Promotional Clip of interview with Mike Kelly, Congresswoman Giffords’ astronaut husband:

Huffington Post

Doctors have successfully performed a surgery on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ eye socket to remove bone fragments as the wounded congresswoman showed more signs of improvement.

There were no complications from the surgery, and Giffords is improving so much that she was able to give her husband a back rub.

Dr. Randall Friese said Mark Kelly also told doctors he saw Giffords smile. He said sometimes people see what they want to see, but that “if he says she’s smiling, I buy it.”

Giffords still cannot speak because of a tracheotomy done so the breathing tube could be removed from her mouth.

Dr. Michael Lemole says the eye operation entailed making an incision above the eyebrow, removing bone chips to relieve pressure and reconstructing the roof of the socket.

Today 1:37 PM ET Smiling

The AP reports:

TUCSON, Ariz. — Doctors have successfully performed a surgery on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ eye socket to remove bone fragments as the wounded congresswoman showed more signs of improvement.

There were no complications from the surgery, and Giffords is improving so much that she was able to give her husband a back rub.

Dr. Randall Friese said Mark Kelly also told doctors he saw Giffords smile. He said sometimes people see what they want to see, but that “if he says she’s smiling, I buy it.”

Giffords still cannot speak because of a tracheotomy done so the breathing tube could be removed from her mouth.

Dr. Michael Lemole says the eye operation entailed making an incision above the eyebrow, removing bone chips to relieve pressure and reconstructing the roof of the socket.

Today 11:26 AM ET Giffords’ Husband: She Gave Me A Back Rub At Hospital

Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Giffords, will give his first interview on Tuesday night. ABC has released excerpts of the interview, and in one portion Kelly says that Giffords is now able to give him a back rub:

“[It is] so typical of her. She’s in the ICU. You know, gone through this traumatic injury. And she spent 10 minutes giving me a neck massage. I keep tellin’ her. I’m like, ‘Gabby, you’re in the ICU. You know, you don’t need — you know, you don’t need to be doin’ this.’ But it’s so typical of her that no matter how bad the situation might be for her, you know, she’s lookin’ out for other people.”

The astronaut also says he is “probably” willing to meet with the parents of alleged shooter Jared Loughner:

“I’d probably see them. You know, I don’t think it’s their fault. It’s not the parents fault. You know, I’d like to think I’m a person that’s, you know, somewhat forgiving. And, I mean, they’ve got to be hurting in this situation as much as much as anybody.”