US Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) announced today that he will not seek another term. Sources close to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords are floating the idea of Giffords running for Kyle’s seat in 2012. They say that prior to the shooting she was planning to run if Kyl retired.
It’s not clear whether Giffords remains interested in running or if she could, physically, meet the demands of a statewide campaign.
But, Giffords’ previously expressed interest in the contest coupled with her rapid recovery from the shooting creates at least the possibility that she could make the race, according to her allies.
Assuming she could run, Giffords would be a formidable candidate not solely due to her hero status in the state — and the nation — but also because of her previously demonstrated fundraising capacity and skills on the stump.
What remains to be seen is whether the idea of a Giffords’ candidacy effectively freezes the Democratic field as people wait to see what she might do — allowing her time to recover and fully consider the possibility of a bid.
Is it just me or is this a bit distasteful? She’s in a rehab facility recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. Can’t people just let the woman rest and recover?