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Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to resign from Congress


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Fox News:

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announced Sunday that she has "more work to do" on her recovery after an assassination attempt and will resign from her congressional seat this week.

In a video release posted on her website and tweeted from her Twitter handle, the congresswoman said that she is getting better but wants to do what's right for her constituents.

"Arizona is my home, always will be. A lot has happened over the past year. We cannot change that, but I know that 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," she says in the two-minute video.

"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," she says.

Giffords, D-Ariz, was shot in the head on Jan. 8, 2011, while holding a town hall meeting in Tucson outside a grocery store. She was one of 13 people injured. Six others, including her aide, Gabe Zimmerman, were killed in the assault. The alleged gunman, Jared Loughner, is being treated with anti-psychotic drugs in a prison hospital to determine whether he will become fit to stand trial.

The attack on Giffords led to calls for more civility in Congress, including from President Obama who attended a memorial service in Tucson for the fallen. Giffords returned to Congress just once during the last year -- to vote on a debt ceiling deal that had bitterly split the Congress and White House.

I wish her peace and happiness. It's just too bad that so many in her party seem to have forgotten that civility.
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