Local members of Congress react to Arizona shootingby George Bennett | January 8th, 2011
Members of Palm Beach County’s congressional delegation are reacting to today’s shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.
Giffords was doing the kind of thing members of Congress in South Florida and across the country routinely do — conducting a “Congress On Your Corner” event with constituents at a shopping center in her district — when a gunman opened fire, critically wounding her and killing a federal judge and at least four other people.
Read after the the jump for complete statements by local members of Congress and both Florida Senators….
U.S. 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. My condolences go out to those who have lost loved ones. Once all the facts are known, appropriate authorities should see to it that her attacker is brought to justice swiftly. All persons in America should call for our society to teach tolerance, love, and civility,” said Hastings.
U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation: “It is with great sorrow that I have learned of the incident which led to the critical injury of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and several members of her staff. Today, the prayers of myself, my family, and my staff go out to the family of Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, and the constituents of the Eighth Congressional District of Arizona. The United State House of Representatives and all Americans are praying for these faithful servants to our Republic.”
U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton: “I am deeply saddened to learn that my colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, as well as members of her staff and other individuals, were shot at a constituent gathering this morning. 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.”
U.S. 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.”
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson: “I am deeply saddened to learn of today’s events in Tucson. My prayers go out to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and all 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.”
U.S. 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.”