Florida support pours in for congresswoman shot in Arizona, along with judge, child
Florida lawmakers added their support for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot at an event today in Arizona. She is being treated. A child and a federal judge were among those killed, according to The Associated Press.
"I am deeply saddened to learn of today's events in Tucson," said Florida Sen. Bill Nelson. He expressed sympathy for the victims "as well as to our NASA family, which includes her husband, who is training to be the next commander of the space shuttle mission slated for April, and her brother-in-law, who is currently serving aboard the International Space Station."
Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, said, "Such acts of horrific violence tear at the fabric of our democracy, which is woven together by the everyday conversations that occur between ordinary people and those they elect to represent them. At this moment, as Congresswoman Giffords fights for her life, I offer my prayers to her and her family and all those suffering on account of this senseless tragedy."
More reaction below.
Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar: “Gabby is truly a nice person, highly principled and tenacious. The attack on her, staff members, constituents and bystanders is incredibility senseless. My prayer and hope is that Gabby and all who were injured will be made whole.
Rep. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, “My thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her family and her staff; and all of the victims of today’s tragic shooting in Tucson. I’ve always enjoyed working with Gabby, and of the many space advocates I’ve worked with in Congress, none are better than her.”
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami: “My thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, members of her staff, and their families. I applaud her service to our Nation and to her constituents and condemn this cowardly and dispicable attack. I will continue to pray for her recovery and that she may join us again on Capitol Hill.”
Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Panama City: "Today’s attack has no place in our democracy and was nothing short of an assault on our values. A tireless public servant for the people of Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District, Mrs. Giffords was, in fact, hosting a constituent meet and greet when the tragedy occurred. I ask the people of North and Northwest Florida to join me in praying for a full recovery for all of the individuals injured during this senseless and tragic incident.”
Rep. Sandy Adams, R-Orlando: “I am horrified by the senseless attack on Representative Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff and the innocent people who came to watch her speak. My thoughts and prayers go out to Representative Giffords, her family and all who were injured or killed on this tragic day.”
Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville: "Certainly, one of the greatest components of American democracy is to be able to resolve conflict through compromise and dialogue, not senseless violence. This is a problem to/for every member of our government, irrespective of party affiliation.
It is, in fact, a direct assault on the central principles of our nation's humanity, and democracy."
Sen. Marco Rubio: "My family and I pray for Congresswoman Giffords, all the victims of this horrific tragedy and their families. This senseless act has shocked our state and nation today, and I join my fellow Floridians in praying for her recovery. My family and I also mourn the loss of Judge Roll and others killed today. May they rest in eternal peace, and may their families find some comfort in their memories and in knowing that Florida's prayers are with them."
Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Jacksonville: “This is a senseless act of violence that has no place in our society. At this time of tragedy, my thoughts and prayers go out to Representative Giffords, her family, staff, and all the victims of this horrific event."
Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta: "I hope we all take a minute to pray for Gabby, her family and all the victims of today’s shooting. I have gotten to know Gabby over the last two years on the House Armed Services Committee. She is a remarkable public servant and truly a nice person. Tara and I want to send all our best to her and her family, and we look forward to seeing her back in Washington soon.”
Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa: "My heart goes out to the friends, family and community that lost loved ones. I am terribly saddened by this tragic event. Gabby and I were elected together in 2006, became friends, and served together on the Armed Services committee. My family and I also had the privilege of joining her at Kennedy Space Center in 2008 for the liftoff of the space shuttle Discovery commanded by her husband, Captain Mark Kelly. It was a joy to be with her again this week as we were sworn in to our third terms in the U.S. House of Representatives."
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston: “Just two days after she stood on the floor of the House of Representatives and read from the 1st Amendment of the Constitution guaranteeing free speech, she was shot while speaking with her constituents. The interaction of a Member of Congress with the people they represent is one of the greatest tenets of our democracy. I know how strongly Gabby feels about being accessible to the people that she represents."
Photo: Rep. Giffords being sworn in for a third term on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011.