Giffords was contemplating Senate run
February 10th, 2011
04:59 PM ET
12 years ago

Giffords was contemplating Senate run

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, had been contemplating a run for Senate before she was shot last month, Democratic sources confirm to CNN.

One Democratic congressman tells CNN he talked to Giffords about it before the shooting, and says she was "very interested in the possibility of running for the Senate."

This congressman, who did not want to speak for the record about private conversations with Giffords, tells CNN that she was considering a Senate run even if Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, had decided to seek re-election. Kyl announced Thursday he will not run for a 4th Senate term.

"I don't think she [Giffords] ruled out the possibility of running anyway," said the Democratic lawmaker, who said he talked to her about a Senate campaign both in the context of an open seat, or a potential challenge to Kyl.

A second Democratic source familiar with Giffords planning said it was known inside Democratic leadership circles that Giffords was contemplating a Senate run.

"She is an ambitious superstar, and this was definitely on her radar," said the Democratic source.

Gifford's interest in the Senate seat was first reported by the Washington Post.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Russ

    If she recovers, she will be a shoo in!!!

    February 10, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Sgt Schultz

    McCain and Kyl are just awful. McCain always changes his position every year, and Kyl was totally useless. The best news I heard all day is when Kyl announced his retirement.

    February 10, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Tim

    God speed on your recovery Madam Senator.

    February 10, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. annie s

    Let's all hope and pray that Rep. Giffords will be well enough to make that Senate run in 2012.

    February 10, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. NVa Native

    It is so sad that someone so gifted and devoted to serving the public could be stopped in her tracks by a madman with a handgun and no conscience. Only a monster or a fool would be in favor of letting everyone and anyone who wants a handgun have one.

    February 10, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. DOCinPA

    I wish you a speedy and complete recovery, Congresswoman. I look forward to adressing you as, "Senator Giffords."

    February 10, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    And when she runs and wins she will run Palin out of town just like she deserves.

    February 10, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    Get well soon and you will be Senator!!!

    February 10, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. Stephanie in Silver Spring

    Praise GOD for HIS Grace as HE heals your body with strength, & willpower. Seeing GOD at work puts a song in our hearts. HE shall give HIS angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. PS 91:11 It's a powerful testimony for you, Senator Gifford. In HIS Grace!

    February 10, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. they call me "tater salad"

    Oh well, lot's of peoples hopes and dreams have come to a screeching halt due to tragedy and circumstances beyond their control (myself included) so suck it up and get over your poor self...........Welcome aboard!............... I'm not condoning what happened but lots of people deal with this kind of stuff EVERYDAY.......Where's the concern for them???????

    February 10, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  11. 100% ETH

    I wish her well. She will be back to serve her constitutes.
    And also, she and her family are a good brilliant American.

    February 10, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  12. Liberal4Obama

    I wouldn't wanna run against her, she will probably win by a 99% margin in AZ

    February 10, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |