Gabby Giffords

Giffords to GOP: ’Have Some Courage,’ Don’t Dodge Town Halls
Louie Gohmert raises Giffords shooting as reason to duck meetings

Giffords is uring Republicans to “have some courage” and hold town halls after Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert referenced her shooting in his explanation for not holding one. Giffords has held more than 50 public events this past year, including this Nov. 5 appearance at a campaign office in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Thursday urged congressional Republicans to “have some courage” and hold town halls, after Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert referenced her shooting in his explanation for not holding one. 

In a letter to his constituents who had requested a town hall meeting with him, Gohmert referred to “groups from the more violent strains of the leftist ideology, some even being paid, who are preying on public town halls to wreak havoc and threaten public safety.”

Giffords PAC Endorses Toomey and Kirk
Gun control group picks Republicans over Democrats in Senate races

Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly founded Americans for Responsible Solutions, which announced its congressional endorsements on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The political action committee founded by former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona endorsed Republican Sens. Patrick J. Toomey and Mark S. Kirk in their re-election efforts.Americans for Responsible Solutions, which backs candidates who support gun control, endorsed Toomey, who is running for re-election in Pennsylvania against Democrat Katie McGinty. Toomey worked with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin III on Senate legislation to improve background checks.

The endorsement comes after Toomey also received support from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's group Independence USA. That group released an ad featuring the daughter of the principal killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 along with 20 students and five teachers.