Members of Congress host fundraiser for Giffords
March 15th, 2011
07:43 PM ET
12 years ago

Members of Congress host fundraiser for Giffords

Washington (CNN) - Several members of Congress, friends of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords', hosted a Washington fundraiser Tuesday night for the congresswoman's re-election campaign.

Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Adam Smith and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand were the co-chairs of the event, held at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters headquarters. The three said they joined together "to support our good friend and colleague."

"Gabby must focus on the important work of her recovery. With that in mind, we have joined together to support Gabby, and we hope that we can count on you to join us!" read the invitation sent last month from the three chairmen.

Wasserman Schultz is one of Giffords' closest friends in Congress. She has visited her in the hospital four times, once this month.
"I want to make sure Gabby Giffords has the resources that she needs. We are all here because we have her back," Wasserman Schultz said before the event.

Giffords, who is in her third term, is making good progress in her rehabilitation at a Houston facility from critical head wounds sustained in a shooting January 8 while she was hosting a constituent event in Tucson, doctors said.

Wasserman Schultz said she is "hopeful" and "optimistic" that Giffords will return to Washington and to her job full-time.

"We are going to make sure, when she does back, she has the resources she needs to hit the ground running," the Florida congresswoman said.

There was no minimum donation in order to attend the event; the maximum individual contribution was $2,500.

Organizers did not have an estimate of how much was raised but said there was a large outpouring of interest from those in Washington, in Arizona and on online.

The House Democratic leadership, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Whip Steny Hoyer, were hosts for the reception.

Giffords' campaign has just over $285,000 cash from her 2010 election, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks the role of money in politics.

She spent $3.89 million in last year's election, in which she narrowly beat her Republican opponent.

The campaign arm of the House Democrats, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, recently listed Giffords as one of its 15 most vulnerable members.

- CNN Photojournalist Kim Uhl contributed to this story.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. T'sah from Virginia

    Gabby is going to win no matter how much money they raise!!! She is a GIFT to politics and this time, she will NOT win narrowly!!! Go Gabby!

    March 15, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  2. Donald in CA

    I would love to give to this fund. The bachmans and palins can learn what CLASS is from this lady.

    March 15, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. tom from california

    i find it very funny how we can re-elect someone to office when they can not do the job. Robert byrd and ted kennedy were unable to work but we kept them in office. i think there should be some kind o rule to where you should have to step down if you can not do the job. in this case it is sad what happened to rep giffords, but is she going to be up to par to do her job? Just saying!

    March 15, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |