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Dems organize fundraiser for Giffords

From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell
Personal friends and congressional colleagues of Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords (D) are organizing a fundraiser for her in DC.

Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman Adam Smith and Sen. Kirsten Gilibrand joined forces and together sent out a fundraising letter (text below).

Aides to Wasserman Schultz say, "Rep. Giffords' friends and colleagues want to make sure that Gabby can completely focus on her recovery. We all look forward to Rep. Giffords return to Washington and there are many people here who want to make sure that she has the resources she needs to continue to serve as a strong advocate for the people of Southern Arizona."

Aides provided NBC with this fundraising letter for the event next month.

Dear Friend,

We have joined together with our colleagues to support our good friend and colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

As we all know, Gabby suffered serious injuries in the January 8th shooting in Tucson, AZ. We are so proud of her as she continues to make incredible strides in her recovery. We look forward to seeing her again soon and to the day that she will
rejoin us in the halls of Congress and resume her role as a leading advocate for solar energy, increased border security, job creation through innovation, and protecting the needs of military families and veterans.

But first Gabby must focus on the important work of her recovery. With that in mind, we have joined together to support Gabby, and we hope that we can count on you to join us!

Thank you for your friendship and support.