Should Gabby Giffords resign or get back to work?

Quietman ~PWCM~JLA 2011/06/27 18:57:55
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"Houston, we have a problem: an Arizona Congresswoman is hanging out in Houston writing her memoir instead of doing her job. All the while, she continues to collect her tax-funded $200,000-plus in salary and generous benefits.

It’s unfortunate that Gabrielle Giffords was shot, but the people of Arizona’s Eighth district deserve a Congressman. Right now, they don’t have one because Gabrielle Giffords is either too incapacitated to work or too busy writing a book while they pay her salary. I’m not sure which it is, because there are news stories about both. But if she’s healthy enough to write a book–as her people and Scribner publishing house have announced she’s now doing–she’s healthy enough to work. And if she isn’t healthy enough to write a book, then her name on it is a complete lie, and she’s a fraud. And if she isn’t healthy enough to write a book–her doctors are now saying it will be a year before they know this (but author Jeff Zaslow and Scribner seem to know right now)–then she should resign and let her constituents have a capable, functioning representative in Congress.

The endless news about Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ every papercut is annoying. Again, I’m sorry she got shot. But it happened. Life happens. And being shot and surviving doesn’t make you a hero. It simply means you were fortunate, a medical miracle, as six other people died–they weren’t as lucky. And now she’s resting and rehabbing with no one filling her job and no boss telling her he has to make a decision about filling her job with someone else.

And see, that’s exactly the thing. For the rest of Americans, we do not get the endless, state-of-the-art medical care she is getting. We also would not get endless time on the dole of our employer while we recover. No. Despite various laws, including the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act, if you were shot and incapacitated, you would eventually lose your job and be put on COBRA–pursuant to which you’d have to pay thousands–or you would be covered by insurance far less generous than what Giffords is getting. And you’d probably be hiring lawyers to fight over worker’s compensation and Social Security disability.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords needs to gracefully resign or get back to work. Yes, I know, she is physically unable to do so. But, if that’s the case, why were yesterday’s and today’s newspapers filled with news that she and her husband are writing a memoir with famed author Jeff Zaslow? If she can do that, she can get back to work. There is no reason taxpayers need to pay for her to stay home and write a book pursuant to a lucrative book deal. Does your employer pay you to stay home and write a book?"

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  • Jake Blake 2011/08/02 20:45:44
    Jake Blake
    To be in congress you have to be an extrodinary person; if she can prove she has the mental capacity to do the job then I am all for her staying. I do not think she has this capacity any longer so I say prove it via an IQ test or get out.
  • Patriot Unit 2011/06/28 01:56:10
    Patriot Unit
    One, she has every right to maintain her seat while she recovers. I think that at this point it is her choice. And I think she has 14 or 18 months before she has to think about that.
  • betty 2011/06/27 21:14:32
    The Republican Party has actually decided this one for us. They issued a statement last week that they don't intend to persue resignation and are consentrating on the 2012 race.

    I have to wonder where all those cries for resignation were when McCain took off for a couple of years to persue a Presidential race.

    Houston, we have a reading comprehention problem. If the source of this article had actually read the press release on the memoir they'd have discovered that neither Giffords nor Kelly are actually writing the book. They are providing input to it. Kelly will be providing information initially and Giffords will be doing so as her recovery progresses further. Friends and family will also be interviewed. The author is a famous biographer.

    Additionally, Giffords doctor has never said it will be a year before he knows if she is healthy enough to write a book. He's never even commented on the book deal. He did have a lot to say to Congress about funding for rehab including that Giffords was exceeding his expectations for recovery and making a point that he really wasn't just saying this but that is was true.
  • Doc. J 2011/06/27 20:08:26
    Doc. J
    It's recuperative leave you insensitive!
  • Sabba 2011/06/27 19:11:55
    Tough call there Quietman. I agree with you on everything you said but there are going to be a lot of people who will be telling you..... and now me...... we have no heart. Of course having heart does not get the work done or the bills paid. I believe the people of her district deserve to have a working representative and they should (could) have a special election to secure a working congress person. When Gabby gets better.... she could run again and if people want her she would be reelected.
  • Carl Andrews 2011/06/27 19:09:20
    Carl Andrews
    Well said, but I do think there's a difference in the physical exertion between being an able-bodied Congressman and a writer.

    There should be some mandate for a time limit by which she has to do one of the above.

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