Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Giffords to Republicans: 'Have Some Courage,' Continue to Hold Town Halls

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Giffords to Republicans: 'Have Some Courage,' Continue to Hold Town Halls

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WASHINGTON - 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 constituents who had requested a town hall meeting with him, Mr. 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."

Mr. Gohmert said the House Sergeant at Arms advised members after Ms. Giffords was shot during a constituent meeting in 2011 "that civilian attendees at congressional public events stand the most chance of being harmed or killed - just as happened there."

"One congressional friend had one of his district staff members knocked unconscious and hospitalized this past week after being overrun by a group intent on physical confrontation and disruption," Mr. Gohmert added. …

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