WASHINGTON – Since getting shot in the head in Tucson 10 weeks ago, Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona has turned to a trio of her closest friends to keep her official operations running.
Last week, Rep. Adam Smith of Tacoma, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, all Democrats, hosted a fundraiser in Washington, bringing in about $200,000 for Giffords’ 2012 campaign.
And on Wednesday, Smith concluded a two-day visit to southern Arizona, where he toured military installations and met with Giffords’ constituents. Next week, he’ll visit the recuperating congresswoman at a hospital in Houston to discuss his trip to her congressional district.
“We want to make sure that if she comes back to work, it’s all there ready and she can pick up and run with it,” Smith said in a telephone interview from Tucson. “She’s a great member of Congress, and the work she’s doing is important and we want to make sure it continues.”
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