The tragedy of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ being shot and one of the more miraculous recovery stories in recent years have led voters in Tucson, AZ to keep Rep. Gabby Giffords’ (D) seat blue yesterday.
Former Giffords staffer Ron Barber defeated Jesse Kelly, Giffords’ last Republican opponent, in a special election to fill Giffords’ seat (Giffords had to resign after the shooting that left her incapacitated and six dead in January, 2011.) Overcoming a 38.4% to 31.4% Republican lean in the AZ-08 district, Barber will now serve out the remainder of Giffords’ term.
Giffords is still in the process of recovering after being shot point-blank in the head, but was able to play a role in the race. She campaigned with barber in the run-up to election day. Democratic-supporting super PAC – the House Majority PAC – seemed to refer to the tragedy in a television ad focused on Kelly that ran in the district. The PAC also ran ads highlighting Kelly’s extreme views. Kelly — who was the controversial tea party candidate in 2010 — was forced to defend his political postions in the race as well and Barber’s campaign said he ran on his own merits.
- Ron Barber, former Giffords aide, wins In Giffords’ old district (news.yahoo.com)
- Democrats hold on to Arizona seat vacated by Gabrielle Giffords (guardian.co.uk)
- Arizona Democrats hold on to Giffords’ congressional seat (nbcpolitics.msnbc.msn.com)
- Former Giffords aide wins election to finish her term (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Giffords’ ex-aide wins race in Arizona to succeed her – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Arizona Voters Choose Giffords’s Replacement (nytimes.com)
- Former Giffords aide to be her successor (mysanantonio.com)
- Ex-Giffords Aide Ron Barber Wins Special Election (newser.com)
- Former Giffords aide Barber wins race to replace her in the House (thehill.com)
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, an organization this blog has long supported, put out the new spot on Tuesday morning calling directly on President Barack Obama to take a stand against high-capacity magazines — the clip used by Jared Loughner, the alleged shooter of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and 19 others in Tucson.
The group is providing an interesting promoter, Kelly O’Brien, fiancee of Gabe Zimmerman, the Giffords’ staffer killed by Loughner, was be on Capitol Hill Tuesday to endorse the legislation sponsored by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) which would ban high-capacity magazines.
Of course, one of Loughner’s victims was a nine-year-old girl, which is probably the reason that the ad focuses on a “little girl with pigtails” target that gets shot by a repeating Glock.
Needless to say, the NRA is expected to come out against this ad pretty quickly. After all, being able to rapid fire 16 to 32 shots will certainly be defended by the Constitution.
Here’s the ad: