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Return of Giffords Sets Off Speculation About Her Political Future

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., arrives at the Capitol with her husband Mark Kelly and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., to vote on the debt limit bill in the House on Monday. Giffords has been recovering from a gunshot wound to the head sustained January 8 in Tucson.  (Tom Williams/Roll Call)

August 2, 2011

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords', D-Ariz., inspiring return to the House floor on Monday for a vote on the debt compromise is already stoking speculation about her political future and plans for 2012.

It was the first public appearance for the Democratic congresswoman, who's continuing to undergo rehabilitation after she was shot in the head on January 8 during the Tucson attack that left six dead and injured 13 others.

The CBS Early Show tweeted Tuesday morning that they had learned Giffords was indeed planning to run for reelection for her House seat. But Giffords spokesman said no decision has been made on her plans.

"Congresswoman Giffords is focused on her recovery," Giffords spokesman C.J. Karamargin said in a statement. "No decision has been made about 2012."

That doesn't mean that her closest friends don't have an eye toward her reelection, though. Giffords has already had strong fundraising quarters, thanks largely to fundraisers from her Democratic colleagues. Giffords was also named earlier this year to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Frontline" program for vulnerable incumbents.

"We're certainly getting her ready to make sure she can run for reelection at the point that they're ready to decide on that," Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, one of Giffords' closest friends in Congress, said this morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

"As you've seen, she's got the heart of a lion, made remarkable progress," said the Florida congresswoman. "But her supporters in Arizona and across the country, her colleagues, are making sure that she doesn't have to start from scratch when she makes that decision."











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