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Video: Giffords announces resignation from Congress

by Brad A. Greenberg

January 22, 2012 | 2:30 pm

It is amazing that Gabrielle Giffords ever made it back to Congress. But today, a year after being shot in the head by a crazed gunman, Giffords announced in the above video that she would be resigning.

Via JTA:

“I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week,” she said. “I’m getting better. Every day my spirit is high. I will return, and we will work together for Arizona and this great country.”

Speaking slowly but clearly, Giffords thanked viewers for their prayers and said that she will always remember the trust her constitutents placed in her.

Giffords, who is Jewish and has been a mamber of a local synagogue, was shot in the head at a Jan. 8, 2011 meet-the-constituents event outside a supermarket in Tucson. The gunman, Jared Loughner, who suffers from mental illness, killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Giffords.

It was inspiring to see Giffords return to Congress, and it’s incredible to see how well she is doing. This resignation makes sense, though. Regardless of whether Giffords felt she could continue to serve her constituents as needed, stepping down will give her time to focus on her recovery.

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