Gabrielle Giffords Will Resign From Congress; Vows Return

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords released a video statement today saying that she will resign next week. Here’s the text and video:

“Arizona is my home, always will be. A lot has happened over the past year. We cannot change that. But I know on the issues we fought for we can change things for the better. Jobs, border security, veterans. We can do so much more by working together.

I don’t remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice. Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week.

I’m getting better. Every day, my spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country. Thank you very much.”

According the Arizona Daily Star, Giffords will attend the State of the Union speech Tuesday at the Capitol, which most certainly will have President Obama’s speechwriters scrambling to weave that into the address, unless they already knew. The cynic in me suspects they’re going to try to hitch their deeply unpopular wagon to a universally admired fellow Democrat…

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