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Posted on January 29, 2012

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AMERICA NEEDS MORE LIKE GIFFORDS

GIFFORDS EXHIBITS A GREAT SPIRIT

A year after she was shot in the head, Gabrielle Giffords put politics aside and stepped down gracefully from her seat in Congress.

Giffords political career was prematurely cut short after she was critically wounded last January in a rampage that left six people dead and 13 injured.

The Arizona Democrat was saluted with fitting bipartisan tributes and a standing ovation after returning to the House of Representatives floor for an emotional farewell.

The congresswoman’s courageous recovery, which defied medical odds, has been inspiring. Giffords was hospitalized for months. She had to relearn how o walk  and how to speak.

Giffords could have remained in office another year, and the popular, three-term Democrat would have been heavily favored for reelection. Instead, she did what too many politicians don’t do these days. She put her constituents first while vowing that her retirement won’t be permanent.

“Every day, I am working hard. I will recover and will return,”Giffords wrote in her resignation letter.

Her spirit is exactly what this country needs. Our prayers are with Gabrielle Giffords.

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