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Adam Smith finishing up visit to Gabrielle Giffords’ district

Rep. Adam Smith, center, visiting Tucson today.

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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Smith, WA delegation think highly of Giffords

WASHINGTON – When Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona introduced a bill last week to cut congressional pay by 5 percent, Democratic Rep. Adam Smith of Washington state quickly signed on to the effort.

Smith has had a particularly close relationship with Giffords: They’re both members of the fiscally conservative Blue Dogs Democrats, and they both have seats on the House Armed Services Committee.

“She is a dear personal friend,” said Smith, the top-ranked Democrat on the Armed Services Committee.

Smith is not the only Washingtonian with ties to Giffords, who was shot Saturday just outside of Tucson.

“I grew

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