Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ): 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.”
Reaction from NJDC after the jump.
The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) reacted today to the news that Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) will be stepping down from her seat in Congress representing Arizona’s Eighth District. NJDC Chair Marc R. Stanley and Vice-Chair Marc Winkelman said:
“We are so tremendously proud of the remarkable determination and resiliency that Gabby has shown in her amazing recovery; indeed all Americans have watched in awe as she has taken her first steps and grown stronger and stronger. While we have all eagerly hoped for the day that Gabby would rejoin her colleagues on a daily basis on Capitol Hill, it’s a sign of how highly she values her constituents and her district that she has made this very difficult decision to step aside. We thank Gabby for her more than ten years of public service representing Arizona’s needs and progressive values — first in the Arizona legislature and then in Congress since 2007. We wish her continued quick healing on her path to recovery, and we look forward to the occasion when we can welcome her back to public life.”