Here is a video report on news that an aide to former Arizona Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has announced he will seek to fill the remainder of her term. Democrat Ron Barber, who was also wounded in the Tucson shooting that killed six people and severely wounded Rep. Giffords, will run for the seat in a June special election. It is not yet known whether he will also seek a full term in November. Three Republican have reportedly announced they will seek to fill the congressional seat.
CBS NEWS: Ron Barber, a former aide to Gabrielle Giffords, will run in a June 12 special election to serve out her term in Arizona’s 8th District, Barber announced on Thursday.
The candidate, a 66-year-old Democrat, served as Giffords’ district director in Congress from 2007 until she resigned from Congress last month.
In a conference call Thursday, Barber said that Giffords had asked him to run for the seat, and that she and her husband Mark Kelly would throw their “full support” behind his candidacy.
“The congresswoman looked at me directly and said, ‘Ron, will you run?’” Barber said. He added that after considering the issue with his family, “I was able to say to her thank you for asking me, encouraging me, I’m honored to have your support.” . . . Read More
Here is a video report by Bret Baier on Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ appearance on the House Floor yesterday to vote on the Debt Limit Agreement. Baier said Fox News producer Trish Turner asked Biden what he said to Giffords on the occasion. His response?
“I told her she’s now a member of the cracked head club, like me, with two craniotomies. It was just so good to see her.”
Biden has had surgery to repair two aneurysms, both in 1988. Giffords, of course, is recovering from being shot in the head in January of this year by assailant Jared Lee Loughner.
Here is video of the U.S. House of Representatives passing the Debt Limit Agreement today by a 269-161 margin. As the final votes were being cast, spontaneous applause began to echo through the House Chamber as members realized Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had entered to cast her vote. Giffords was casting her first vote on the floor since being shot by an assailant in January. The Debt Limit Agreement now moves to the U.S. Senate for a vote tomorrow, August 2, 2011, at 12 Noon ET.
Here is the first photograph of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords released since she was shot in the head this past January by Jarred Lee Loughner. The photo was posted on her Facebook page today.
CNS News has much more on her recovery. . . .
Here is video showing Arizona Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords slowly climbing steps to board an airplane taking her to Florida where she will watch the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on Friday. Her husband – Mark Kelly – will be leading the final space shuttle mission. This was Gifford’s first public appearance since being shot in the head back in January.
Here is video of President Obama tonight telling the nation that Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords opened her eyes today for the first time shortly after he visited her in Tucson, Arizona. Obama shared the good news during his speech tonight at a Memorial Service on the campus of the University of Arizona.
Hillary Clinton at a town hall-style meeting in the United Arab Emirates calls the shooter of Congresswoman Giffords an “extremist.”
“We have extremists in my country. A wonderful, incredibly brave young woman Congress member, Congresswoman Giffords, was just shot by an extremist in our country. We have the same kinds of problems…The extremists and their voices, the crazy voices that sometimes get on the TV, that’s not who we are, that’s not who you are, and what we have to do is get through that and make it clear that that doesn’t represent either American or Arab ideas or opinions.”
Good grief. “Palin Derangement Syndrome” on full display.
Here is video of CNN reporter Jessica Yellin bringing up Sarah Palin’s map last year “targeting” Democrats for defeat because of their support of ObamaCare – including the district of U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was shot in the head yesterday in Tucson, Arizona.
She brings this up despite the fact she admits that there is no evidence whatsoever that the suspected shooter was in any way a supporter of Sarah Palin, or had been influenced by her at all. In fact, there is evidence that his political leanings were to Left, although the truth is that he appears to be a complete nutcase.
Of course, they failed to point out that Democrats have also long used the “target” symbol in political discourse – which is perfectly fine.
The only person responsible for this shooting is the shooter himself.
Here is a video report on the shooting yesterday in Tucson, Arizona of U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 17 other people. It gives a recap of what happened, and says doctors are “talking positively” about Giffords’ “chances of survival” following emergency surgery.
My prayers go out for her and the others wounded in this attack, and for the families of those who were killed. I know many of you are doing the same.
Here is video of the Sheriff in Tucson saying that believe the suspected mass shooter – Jared Lee Laughner – “may have had help” in pulling off his attack today outside a Safeway Store that shot 18 people. The Sheriff confirms that Federal Judge John Roll was killed in the attack, and he speaks about U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords being shot in the head during the attack.
He said they have pictures of the man they think may have come to the event with the shooter, but he would not say more.
Here is CNN’s Jeanne Meserve providing a sampling of the rambling postings and writings of Jared Lee Loughner – the suspected mass shooter who allegedly shot 18 people today in Tucson, Arizona outside a Safeway Store. At least six people are dead – including a Federal Judge. U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head, as she held a public event outside the store.
Here is raw video of the aftermath in Tuscon following the mass shooting today that hit 18 people today, with six people killed. One of those critically wounded was Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head. She came through surgery, and is in ICU in very serious condition tonight. A lone gunman was taken into custody – Jared Lee Laughner.
Updated 3:52 PM CT
Gateway Pundit has posted this video, which was “favorited” by alleged shooter of Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords – Jared Lee Loughner. The video is favorited in Loughner’s YouTube account. It shows a bizarre figure wearing a trashbag and a coat, with a mask over his face while he sets a United States Flag on fire.
On his apparent YouTube page, Loughner also lists the “Communist Manifesto” and “Mein Kampf” as among his favorite books.
Here is a breaking news video report that Arizona Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot today in Tucson, Arizona during an event outside a Safeway Grocery Store. A man reportedly approached the event and opened fire on Giffords and others, wounding Giffords and others.
Fox News is saying Giffords has been shot in the head. MSNBC just reported that she has been “gravely injured.”
UPDATE 3:20 PM CT: Here is a doctor at the University of Arizona Hospital saying Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is now out of surgery and is in ICU. I did not catch it on video, but he said that a single bullet had passed “through and through” her brain, but that he is “as optimistic as it gets” with this kind of injury. On the video, the doctor also confirmed that a nine-year-old child has died from the shooting.
UPDATE 3:00 PM CT: Here is a Tucson Hospital Spokeswoman confirming that Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is alive and in surgery with a head wound. All those wounded are in “critical” or “serious” condition.
UPDATE 2:25 PM CT: Here is local news video confirming that the shooter of Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been taken into custody after shooting her and several others at a public event outside a Tucson, Arizona Grocery Store.
UPDATE 1:51 PM CT: Here is CNN Video of an eyewitness on the scene describing what he has seen. There are many conflicting reports as to Giffords’ condition. Most now seem to be saying she IS still alive and in surgery – but in very bad condition:
UPDATE 1:30 PM CT: NBC News, NPR now reporting that Rep. Giffords is dead along with several others. However, another report on NBC just had the local Sheriff on the scene saying that she is “still alive” but in very serious condition. He confirmed that five people have been killed.