A U.S. Department of Homeland Security memo reportedly notes that Gabriel Giffords is Jewish in describing the motives of the Arizona congresswoman's alleged assailant.[...]Ron Kampeas wonders if heated rhetoric played a role in the shooting. It wouldn't surprise me. Just by watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart or various MSNBC shows, we see some of the disturbing footage that airs on FOX News.
"The group's ideology is anti-government, anti-immigration, anti-ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government), anti-Semitic," says the memo sent to law enforcement, which also notes that Giffords, a Democrat, was the first Jewish congresswoman from Arizona.
The 8th District in southern Arizona represented by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords comprises liberal Tucson and its rural hinterlands, which means moderation is a must. But it also means that spirits and tensions run high.Just look at some of the Rand Paul supporters. Remember the curbstomping?
Giffords’ office in Tucson was ransacked in March following her vote for health care reform -- a vote the Democrat told reporters that she would cast even if it meant her career. She refused to be cowed, but she also took aim at the hyped rhetoric. She cast the back-and-forth as part of the democratic process.
“We’ve had hundreds and hundreds of protesters over the course of the last several months,” Giffords told MSNBC after the middle-of-the-night attack, which left a window shattered. “Our democracy is a light -- really a beacon -- around the world because we effect change at the ballot box and not because of these outbursts of violence and the yelling.”
She called on all leaders -- of both parties and in the community -- to consider how they cast their arguments. Giffords, who last week took the oath of office for her third term, noted how her re-election bid was being treated by 2012 GOP presidential hopeful Sarah Palin.
“The way she has it depicted is that she has the crosshairs of a gunsight over our district,” Giffords said. “When people do that they’ve got to realize there’s consequences to that action.”[...]
“You have a vice-presidential candidate for a major party who runs ads with targets saying ‘remove Gabby Giffords’ and a young man with issues,” Mark Rubin, a Tucson-area lawyer and a Democratic Party activist, told JTA. “You're going to spend a long time convincing me it doesn't have something to do with it.”
Spencer Giffords, the congresswoman’s father, wept when the New York Post asked him if his daughter had enemies.
“The Tea Party,” he said, referring to the conservative insurgency that targeted her, resulting in one of last November's closest elections.
Another article looks at her openness and Judaism.