Gabrielle Giffords' Resignation Is What's Best for Her -- and Everyone (VIDEO)

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Rep. Giffords announced today that she will step down.
Sad news today out of Arizona: Congresswoman Gabby Giffords has announced that she'll step down from the House of Representatives this week and not run for re-election when her current term expires this year. Although Giffords returned to Congress eight months after she was nearly fatally shot in the head, and she seemed ready, willing, and eager to get back to work ASAP. But she has since reached the conclusion that she still had "more work to do" on her recovery

It's actually very bittersweet to see Giffords hit the "pause" button on her political career ... She will be missed, but at the same time, good for her for doing what's best for herself. Not to mention, it's what's best for the state she loved to serve.

Here's Gabby's video message that was posted today ...

Wow. Everyone realizes this decision couldn't possibly have been easy for Giffords. Perhaps it's one of the hardest she's ever had to make in her life, given how completely driven she has always been to fight for, work with, and be the voice of Arizonans. But because of that drive, I don't think we have to worry too much about this being the last we'll ever hear from Rep. Giffords. She has proven herself to be a spirited go-getter, and from her speech above, you just know that she's not going to give up fighting anytime soon. It's awesome to hear that she really is "getting better every day." Maybe we should just be thinking of her resignation as one small step backward in order to eventually move forward ... to get back to Congress -- stronger, healthier, and more effective than ever before!

Giffords has always seemed like a woman of her word, so I'm positive she'll return in one capacity or another, doing what she loves, serving the people, and making a diference, sooner rather than later. And if you look at it that way, this resignation really is the wisest move -- not just for Giffords, but for everyone ... her family and her beloved constituents.

How do you feel about Gabby Giffords' resignation?

 

Image via giffords2/YouTube

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prplecat prplecat

She can't do anything to help others until she gets healthier herself.  I think that she needs her full focus on that for now.

Melis... Melissa042807

I wish her nothing but the best as she moves forward with her recovery. She has proven to be a strong, determined, feisty woman and this will certainly not be the last we hear from her! 

jessi... jessicasmom1

I too wish her the best with recovery.  Then get herself healthier before trying to help others.

lovef... lovefromabove

I am very excited for her....I hope she gets full recovery and quick and enjoy her live to the fullest :)

MMbales MMbales

I hope she recovers quickly, but I can't help but wonder why she didn't do it much sooner. 

bills... billsfan1104

She is an amazing woman and I hope she continues in her recovery as strong as she has been. But she needed to resign. There needs to be someone in there that was like her to work for the people. And I hope when she recovers, she can run again.

nonmember avatar GabbyFan

It's not our place to judge whether she should have left earlier or that she chose work over her health, and is now choosing her health. Good for her that she was able to back so soon. She was an inspiration to me during my brain surgery recovery and therapy at TIRR in Houston. My neurosugeon encouraged me to go back to work asap as part of my recovery- it keeps the mind sharp. Should she have stopped having something to strive for and wallow in self-pity? Physical therapy is a humbling endeavor that makes you feel like a potty training toddler, so I can completely understand why she went back to work to fulfill her duty to her constituents. I hope she goes back soon.

nonmember avatar Stacey.

I think she made a good choice and did whats best for her and Arizona. I hope her life can get back to as normal as possible. She has an awesome husband and ambition so I am sure she will overcome this.

Venae Venae

Only in Congress can you hold your job for a year while receiving full pay and health insurance.  

DebaLa DebaLa

I was sad to see her go, but not surprised. What a light. I too hope she returns to the political life she loves, 'cause that would be right for her too.

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