Jesse Kelly, who narrowly lost to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) in 2010, is running again in the upcoming 8th district special election, according to two sources.
“I would say an announcement is imminent,” said an insider close to the Iraq War veteran.
Giffords beat Kelly by only 2 points in 2010, in what was an overall terrible political climate for Democrats.
Another source close to Kelly described Giffords as the strongest possible Democratic candidate and indicated Democrats would have difficulty finding a nominee with her charm, name identification and fundraising prowess.
Giffords, who was shot in the head during an assassination attempt in January 2011, is resigning from the House this week to focus on her recovery. A special primary and general election will be held to fill the vacancy.
Correction: Jan. 25, 2012
An earlier version of this article gave an incorrect year for when Giffords was shot. She was shot in January 2011.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.