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Carefully and without fanfare, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' friends and political allies are starting to talk about her political future.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) plan to host a fundraising event in Washington next month for a possible Giffords' reelection campaign in Arizona next year. Although the Democratic congresswoman almost certainly won't be in attendance, she continues to make a remarkable recovery from the gunshot wound to the head that she suffered in a shooting rampage in Tucson on Jan. 8.

On Wednesday, her chief of staff, Pia Carusone, said doctors have not yet told Giffords details of the incident that left six dead and 13 others wounded outside a Tucson supermarket. They don't think it is fair to "tell someone something so tragic" when the person may not yet have the ability to ask detailed questions in response, Carusone said in a CBS "Early Show" interview.

"She certainly knows there's been a tragic event," Carusone said. "The details of the severity of the injuries to others, she doesn't yet know about. But she will in time, when she's, you know, at a higher level of communication."

Of course, her political friends cannot be certain at this point whether Giffords will even decide to seek a fourth term in her Arizona congressional district. But Democrats in the state are looking for a strong candidate to run for the Senate seat of Republican Jon Kyl, who has announced he won't run for reelection in 2012.

"It's something she talked about [before she was wounded] but not something she talked about in any great detail," Wasserman Schultz told the New York Times. "When she does come back, she will go though the same process that everyone who considers running for higher office does."

On the Republican side, Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has already announced he will be a candidate for Kyl's seat. Giffords had $285,501 cash on hand in her campaign treasury at the end of January, according to Politico, which first reported the fundraiser.

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JARRETT

Just as considerately as Gabby is being spared the details of the trajedy, so too should her supporters be spared being led to believe that Gabby will ever recover to the point were she will be able to perform with a capacity which she once was able. False hope is just as cruel as bad news. She may not be her old self again. We should just content ourselves with her progress to date.

February 17 2011 at 8:32 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
leonardstique1

I find it hard to believe she will be able to do a Congressman's job with her injuries. I hope she recovers, but someone with brain damage probabaly won't be able to function well enough. I expect her and her family to admit she should spend rest of her life doing things she is capable of.

February 17 2011 at 7:07 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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grant06

How in the world could you possibly know? Some folks think they have to comment about everything.

February 17 2011 at 7:34 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
eamiranti

I also "expect her [Gabby] and her family to admit she should spend rest of her life doing things she is capable of." Maximum capability is partially determined by expectation.

Many kids were purposely were given too much oxygen in the incubator after they were born due to "state-of-the-art" medical treatment in the 1950s. All are blind and have multiple other medical problems. Their parents were told to keep expectations low: teach them to care for their simple needs and expect to care for them for life. Instead, many parents had high expectations of for their kids. Many are living on their own, or with spouses (many also blind) and kids; they have normal middle income jobs in teaching, computers, telecommunications, and so on.

If you "expect" failure from the start, it is very difficult to get anywhere.

I am thrilled that Gabby's supporters are providing her an opportunity to continue to pursue her Congressional career if she desires to do so. Political fundraising must be done now. If fundraisers are put off until she is recovered, there would be insufficient time to gather the funds.

Reach low and you will get there. Reach high and you might get there.

Gabby and her family expect her to recover. Due to that expectation, she has a better chance of doing so.

February 18 2011 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jamieo555

shameless, the way these people continue to use this woman for their own political ends. wasserman-schultz has found another way to stay in front of a camera. didnt we just have elections, and you have nothing better to do. why not a fundraiser for shooting victims that dont have such excellent healthcare as congresswoman giffords.

February 17 2011 at 6:39 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
oldengineera2

This only serves to reinforce suspicions that Wasserman-Schultz and Gillebrand are far more focused on exploiting their colleague's plight than on any aspect of altruistic friendship.

February 17 2011 at 4:22 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
Steve J Spieling

Go Gabby Go! It's about time my state had something to cheer about.

February 17 2011 at 3:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Annette

What kind of friends are Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) planning a fundraiser for her re-election next year? Can't they just allow Gabby to heal and not worry about politics. She isn't even well enough to know what happened and they are pressuring her re-election. Gabby will have no problem getting re-elected when and if she fully recovers.

February 17 2011 at 2:53 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
wabbitno1

I wish only the best for Gabrielle Giffords and I do pray for her full recovery. God is on her side. Now, having said that, I also hope that voters will actually consider the qualifications of all candidates for this senate seat and not just vote for Giffords because she was seriously injured. We voted in a man because people got all involved in wanting to make history by voting in a man of color, how has that worked out? All I am saying is that we the voters really need to take the time and find the qualifications for each candidate and vote accordingly, not because we feel sorry for someone or to try and make history. We as voters have that responsibility, vote wisely.

February 17 2011 at 2:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
oldengineera2

One step at a time. I'd rather focus on full recovery before entertaining thoughts of political ambitions. I do hope she will soon once again be ready to fulfill the duties of the job she has now.

February 17 2011 at 1:35 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

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