Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announced her resignation today. Friend and confidant Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, tearfully read the farewell speech, on her behalf. This comes just one year after the senseless shooting; when a gunman shot her in the head, causing severe damage.
Members of Congress showed support and love by giving her several standing ovations, as a tribute to her legacy as a Congresswoman. There was not a dry eye on the house floor and for good reason. It’s tragic that one unnecessary chain of events, could change her life forever.
While she boldly tried to sustain her past life, she finally found it necessary to leave to focus on her rehabilitation and recovery. In her resignation letter she made a statement which ripped at the heart; “Every day, I am working hard, I will recover and will return, and we will work together again, for Arizona and for all Americans.”
It is inspiring that she walks away with dignity and her head held high, but extremely disappointing that one man could cause so much pain. Unfortunately, many lost their lives or were injured on that painful day, and although she survived, her life was changed forever.
One good thing to note; is that during her departure announcement, she was able to temporarily unite the Republicans and Democrats…if only for a moment. And her final bill was passed today…by a 338-70 margin.
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