Rep Giffords Will Step Down From Congress This Week

ARIZONA (CBSNewYork)— U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will step down from Congress, she announced Sunday in a message posted to Youtube.

“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.

Giffords served five years in the House of Representatives, and qualified for a congressional pension earlier this month.

She said she would return to public service.

“I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country,” she said in the two-minute video.

After Giffords submits a resignation letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner and Gov. Jan Brewer, the governor will set a date for special elections to choose who will finish out her term, which — like all House terms — runs through the end of the year.

Giffords, 41, served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2001-2003, and a term in the state Senate, 2003-2005.

  • Tommy

    Although I am sorry about the horrible incident she was injured in, I do find it a bit distasteful that she waits until the moment her lifetime pension kicks in to resign. 5 years of service and then a lifetime taxfree pension? No wonder our country is going bankrupt.

    • Brooklyn McDirtyshoes

      She got shot in the effing head. Let her have her pension!

      • Michael H.

        Agreed, she’ll be lucky if she can ever work again. She was shot in service to her country. Let her have the pension.

        • Tommy

          I would have given her the pension but she should have stepped down as soon as it was evident that she would not ever fully recover. Instead she waited until the 5 year mark, robbing her constituents of 12 months of Congressional representation. Besides, isn’t that what long term disability insurance is for? If I get shot tomorrow am I going to get a tax free pension for the rest of my life? Who is paying for this?

        • Tommy

          What about the other victims of this incident, should they get a pension too?

  • Karen S

    I stand and applaud the courage and honesty of congresswoman giffords. She has more integrity and class than all who fill the halls of congress, with few exceptions. Good luck as you continue your rehabilitation and recovery from the act of a murderer. Whatever your future service to the people of Arizona is, I know it will be a great service to them, and a humble achievement for you and your family. Be brave, be strong Gabby!

  • Gus

    You a doctor? Because that would make you part of the ONE percent and therefore help explain alot. A LOT.

    • doc in NJ

      what would my career explain in your life, sir?



    • Gus

      Exactly. All they care about is OUR votes and thereafter taking away OUR money and freedom.

      • doc in NJ

        really, Gus? Let’s hope your callous remarks are forgotten if some psycho puts a bullet in YOUR brain just because you happened to be at the wrong place. Anyone living through her experience deserves some measure of compassion.

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