Kentucky delegation offers words of support to Giffords, condemns shooting

01/09/2011 03:38 PM

Several Kentucky colleagues of critically injured Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona offered statements of support Saturday in the wake of the shooting that left six dead and wounded the three-term congresswoman and 12 others.

  • Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville entered Congress at the same time as Giffords:

“This was a shocking and cowardly act of violence against a dedicated public servant and a dear friend,” Yarmuth said in a statement. “Gabby is a member of our extremely close class of 2006 and we are devastated by this tragic event. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and her staff – as well as with the loved ones of the other innocent victims who were also shot today.”
  • U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, joined other Washington leaders in condemning the attack:

“This senseless attack today in Tuscon is a national tragedy. I join the entire Congress in condemning this horrifying act of violence,” McConnell statement said.
  • Republican U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, issued a statement Saturday afternoon praising Giffords for her friendly demeanor and work ethic:

“I was shocked to learn of the senseless attack today on Congresswoman Giffords. My prayers are with Gabby, her family, her staff, all who were injured, and their families. Gabby is a wonderful person who is always extremely friendly and works tirelessly to serve the people of Arizona and the country,” Guthrie’s statement said.
  • U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, said in a statement Saturday night that he and Giffords got to know one another through the group of conservative Democrats called the Blue Dog Coaltion:

“Congresswoman Giffords is a leader in the House, a force in the Blue Dog Coalition, a strong advocate for her constituents, and I have been proud to call her my friend in Congress. My prayers go out to Gabby, her family, her staff and the others injured today in this senseless act of violence,” Chandler’s statement said.

Giffords, like Chandler, won re-election in November by the slimmest of margins. Republicans had pegged both of their districts as potential pick-up opportunities last fall because a majority of voters in each district went for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in 2008.

  • And Republican U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis of Hebron posted a statement on his Facebook page Saturday night:

“Pat and I are praying for the victims and their families of today’s tragic attack. Gabby Giffords is an outstanding and devoted colleague of mine. Please join us in prayer for all the victims, Rep. Giffords, her staff and their families,” Davis said.


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