Should Anyone Run Against Gabrielle Giffords?
Anthony Prowell, a special education teacher from Tuscon, recently filed papers to run for Congress as a Democrat in Arizona’s eighth district. He says he wants to do a better job of helping “the regular working person,” and he’s challenging the district’s current Democratic representative. Local Democratic Party officials are angry with him, but so are his friends: “I’m not gonna support you, so don’t ask for any support at all,” he’s been told, according to local news.
Meanwhile, a Republican challenger has also emerged. Arizona State Senator Frank Antenori is strongly considering a run for the same seat. He has questioned the current congresswoman’s ability to lead, and wondered why she has been so unavailable to the media. “I don’t know why that is,” he told The Hill.
Maybe because she’s been recovering from a gun shot wound to the head.
The current representative of the Arizona 8th is Gabrielle Giffords. Who survived an assassination attempt by a deranged gunman last January.
Who has slowly been regaining the ability to speak and walk.
Whose return to Congress to stand up for her beliefs provided the only moment of hope and unity in the midst of months of Congressional bickering and embarrassment.
Giffords has not even announced if she is running for reelection yet. The questions about her ability to fulfill her long term duties are real, but they are unnecessary and opportunistic with her campaign nonexistent and the election still over a year away.
These men may have noble intentions in wanting to serve their country, but they’ve hurt their district, the nation, and themselves by raising these challenges tactlessly and hurtfully. Their campaigns now seem doomed from the start with the images they have created as shameless vultures. And while politics is not a game for “nice guys,” waiting a few more months to let Rep. Giffords determine her plans might have allowed everyone a happier ending, and left the American people with one of our few remaining opportunities for solidarity.