Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is stepping down from Congress to focus full-time on her recovery from a shooting which left her severely injured, her office announced Sunday.
"I have more work to do on
my recovery so to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this
week," Giffords announced in a video message posted on her website. "I
am getting better," she added.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) announced that she would call a special election to fill Giffords's seat.
the Congresswoman’s office being officially declared vacant, I will
call a special Primary and General Election in order to fill the 8th
Congressional District vacancy, in accordance with Arizona law," said
Brewer in a statement. "The winner will complete the remainder of
Congresswoman Giffords’ term, which expires at the end of 2012.” (Continues here)